Sony Replaces Smurfs 3 with Origin Story

Reported by Matilda Mornane.

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After the lackluster Smurfs sequel, in which the second film didn’t even make in its first five days ($27.8M USD) what the original grossed in its first weekend ($35.6M USD), Sony Pictures Animation has announced that they are scrapping their planned third film, Smurfs 3.

Instead, with Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury, they are set to create a fully CG animated feature about the little blue men and women, rather than the previous two live-action/CGI hybrid films, in which the Smurfs interacted with humans. The origins story is said to be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork, and has been targeted for release in August 2015.

“Our story will explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a fun full CG-animated comedy adventure for every generation to enjoy,” said Asbury.

The news comes as Sony Pictures Animation announces plans for a fully computer-generated return of Popeye the Sailor, to be directed by Hotel Transylvania’s Genndy Tartakovsky, who has officially signed on to direct Hotel Transylvania 2, for a September 2015 release.

Sources: Deadline, Deadline, BBC

– M.M.

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