Sony to reboot "The Smurfs"

Sony Pictures Animation to release "Smurfs" reboot on August 2015.

15 Mar – Sony Pictures Animation's two "The Smurfs" films may not have been well-received by critics, but that is not going to stop the studio from trying to sell the franchise.

According to Collider, the studio is rebooting the series in the form of a new fully animated film, to be released on August 2015. A title has yet to be determined for the film, but it is currently going by the working title "The Untitled Smurfs Movie".

Directing the new "The Smurfs" film is Kelly Asbury, who is known for directing "Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron", "Shrek 2" and "Gnomeo And Juliet". Jordan Kerner ("The Smurfs") will produce the film.

"I'm really excited about taking the Smurfs in a completely new fresh direction. We're not making a "Smurfs 3" film. Our character designs and environments will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo.

"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.