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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In 2010, only 15 films were eligible for the Best Animated Film Oscar. Under the current rules, at least 16 films have to be eligible to have more than three nominees and this year that’s looking likely. Eighteen films have been deemed eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84rd Annual Academy Awards and it’s a very crowded field. Pixar usually is a sure thing but as their film, Cars 2, underperformed – at least in Pixar terms – that leaves the door open for movies like The Smurfs, Rango, Puss in Boots and Mars Needs Moms. Well, maybe not that last one, but it’s eligible.

After the jump see the full list of eligible animated films and predict which five will get the nomination come January 24, 2012. Read More »

‘Smurfs’ Sequel Gets 2013 Release Date

In a piece of unsurprising news, Sony just announced they’ll release a sequel to The Smurfs on August 2, 2013, hoping to duplicate the late summer success of its predecessor, which is still in theaters.

The first film, based on 50-year-old characters and best known as a 30-year-old cartoon, didn’t seem like a sure thing a few weeks ago. Its 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t helping matters. However, instead of releasing the film in the middle of summer, Sony’s genius idea to release The Smurfs at the tail-end of summer basically made the film critic proof. By the time late July rolled around, most of the major family films had come and gone leaving plenty of families hungry for something new. So The Smurfs, seemingly out of nowhere, just barely missed beating Universal’s high-profile Cowboys & Aliens in its opening weekend and will likely crack $150 million internationally before it’s two weeks old.

Read which films The Smurfs 2 compete with in two years after the jump.

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Snow White gets a rewrite, The Smurfs get a sequel and Bastards sells for big bucks. How’s that for alliteration? There’s a bunch of screenwriting news out there right now and, after the jump, we’ll give some context to the following:

  • Screenwriter Hossein Amini has just been hired to do a rewrite of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the second Snow White film scheduled for release next year.
  • Even though The Smurfs has yet to open in theaters, the producers are already getting ready to write a sequel.
  • After the success of The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids, Paramount has just purchased an R-rated comedy spec-script called Bastards by Justin Malen.

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Oh, look, a new Smurfs trailer. The good news is that this trailer is not as painfully horrible as the first one. The bad news is that it is still a trailer for The Smurfs. But if you want to see mushroom houses, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) on the hunt and a moment where Neil Patrick Harris breaks down over the little blue creatures’ overuse of the word ‘smurf,’ then hit the jump. Watch out for the product placement, though. Read More »

‘The Smurfs’ Bumped Up To July 29

It’s pretty crazy how one release date change can affect a whole bunch of others like dominoes. It started when Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo Cabret moved from December 9 to November 22 where it was up against Rise of the Apes and The Muppets. Sensing too much competition, Rise of the Apes buckled and switched to August 5 where it would open against The Smurfs and The Change-Up. Possibly fearing the combination of a tried and true franchise and James Franco, Sony has now moved their 3D family film, The Smurfs, up a week to July 29 which is the date long occupied by Cowboys & Aliens. Those two films, along with the Steve Carell comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, should be able to co-exist together as each targets slighly different audiences. Discuss the move after the jump. Read More »

‘The Smurfs’ Trailer

There is now a full-length trailer for The Smurfs, Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid which brings updated CGI versions of the Smurfs to New York City, where they run riot through the lives of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as they try to escape the clutches of the wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). If that doesn’t sound like a horror film, that’s because you haven’t yet watched the trailer. Do so after the break, if you dare. Read More »

Photo: ‘The Smurfs’ Invade Central Park

Columbia Pictures have provided us with a new photo from The Smurfs 3D, a full reveal of all the small blue characters in New York City’s Central Park. Hit the jump to see the photo in full. Click the image to enlarge.

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