Fully Animated ‘Smurfs’ Reboot Coming in 2017

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Mark your calendars, because Sony Pictures Animation has set a 2017 date for its next trip to Smurf Village.

That might not sound like something to look forward to after the grating awfulness of the last couple of Smurfs movies, but this one’s different. Instead of a CG / live-action hybrid, it’s an entirely animated reboot that sticks more closely to the source material. More on the Smurfs release date after the jump.  Read More »

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  • Will Mothra make an appearance in Godzilla 2?
  • David Spade would like to bring you Joe Dirt 2
  • Now You See Me 2 will shoot later this year, probably
  • The Smurfs reboot gets pushed back a year
  • Hear Jon Snow in a How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip
  • Check out the trailer for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction gets a Chevy commercial
  • See pics from the making of the Transformers soundtrack

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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 Baton 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.