Smurfs 3 to be a reboot

In a Sequel Bits column published last month, we learned that Sony was fast-tracking Smurfs 3 but doing it as a completely animated movie rather than a live-action animated hybrid like the first two movies. Today we learn more about the project, which turns out is a complete franchise reboot/origin story. Yes, already.

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Filming locations, new stills, set photos, videos, rumors and more: let’s get on with this edition of Sequel Bits.

  • Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are already planning Sin City 3.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 will return to┬áBaton Rouge with original costume designer.
  • Fast and Furious 7 is back to shooting in Abu Dhabi.
  • Check out eight new stills from The Raid 2.
  • Dreamworks hints at fifth Shrek movie.
  • The Smurfs 3 will be completely animated.
  • Paul Blart 2 continues casting.
  • Series creator Michael Patrick King has a story for a third Sex and the City.
  • Check out some crazy set photos from Sharknado 2: The Second One.

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When it comes to news about sequels, you really can’t get more varied than the news you’re about to read in this column. We’ve got documentary sequel news, news on a sequel to a sequel that isn’t even out yet, news on a sequel that will likely never happen, news on a sequel to a movie that shouldn’t have a sequel and more. After the jump read about:

  • Writers have been tapped to write The Smurfs 3 well over a year before The Smurfs 2 hits theaters.
  • Will Smith would be interested in doing Hancock 2, but there’s no active development.
  • Get your first look at the crew of Star Trek 2 as Lego characters.
  • The latest installment in Michael Apted‘s Up series, 56 Up, premieres May 14.
  • A new Men in Black 3 featurette focuses on the time-twisting story.
  • The plot synopsis for Doctor Sleep, Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining, is now online.
  • Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a sequel to Contagion.

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