The Smurfs might be the film series that will receive the soonest reboot in modern film history. The original film, released July 2011, was developed by SONY and Columbia Pictures, and received many critics, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 stars. The movie grossed approximately $500 million, which was considered profitable to SONY. The sequel bearing the same title was released in 2013, bringing back the main cast, Neil Patrick Harris and Brendan Gleeson. The film made less than its original , indicating how less supportive fans were with the sequel, and disappointing the box office.
Now, Sony Pictures Animation is changing course and planning a new take on its Smurfs franchise, approaching Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm an all-animated film with new designs and environments that will focus on the origins of the annoying blue creatures. The new take will be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork, and it has been targeted for the August 2016 release. They originally planned a straight trilogy, but plans were shifted.
On May 10, 2012, two weeks after Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation announced production of The Smurfs 2, Variety reported that writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche were developing a script for The Smurfs 3,which was set for release on July 24, 2015, and later rescheduled for August 14, 2015. In February 2014, it was reported that The Smurfs 3 would be entirely animated. On May 1, 2014, the film's release date was pushed back to August 5, 2016 and the film's director confirmed that the new film will not be a sequel or a prequel, making this installment a reboot of the film franchise.
Michelle Raimo Kouyate, SPA’s President of Production, is working with the filmmakers and oversees the development of the project.
Sources: Variety, Deadline
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