The Smurfs will ride again! Their first two films grossed over $900 million, and Sony/Columbia pictures are willing to bet they can make a bunch more. Yesterday, on Global Smurfs Day (which is a thing, apparently), they announced Get Smurfy.
Here’s an excerpt for the press release:
“To mark this yearâ€™s June 14th Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation announced the all star cast of Get Smurfy, its brand new, fully computer-animated feature film reminiscent of creator Peyo Cullifordâ€™s original recognizable style.
Get Smurfy finds Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creaturesâ€™ origins are brought to light: do Smurfs come in any other colors? are their mushroom houses organic? And… why are there 99 boys and only one girl???
Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato has signed to voice the girl-power-ful Smurfette, with Emmy-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (The Office, Monsters vs. Aliens) stepping into the evil shoes of the Smurf nemesis, Gargamel. Papa Smurf will be played by Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, Homeland).
Set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017, the new feature-length animated adventure will be directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet), produced by Jordan Kerner (Charlotteâ€™s Web, The Smurfs) and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania). “
Something the press release kind of dances around is that while they refer to it as a new entry in the franchise, it’s really a reboot. It’s going to be an origin tale, and fully animated- unlike the last two, which were a combination of CG and live-action.
This should please any Smurfs fans that wanted something more old school.
SOURCE: Sony Pictures