Sony Sets Fully Animated SMURFS Reboot for August 2015 Release; Genndy Tartakovsky to Direct CAN YOU IMAGINE?

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Sony Pictures Animation has made a couple of announcements regarding its release slate.  First up, the studio has hired Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct a new, fully animated reboot of its Smurfs franchise.  The untitled film is not a continuation of its existing live-action/CG hybrid franchise, and instead is an entirely animated feature that will be stylistically closer to the original Smurfs artwork created by Peyo.  The pic is described as an origin story that explores “the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures” and is slated for an August 2015 release.

Additionally, Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky will helm the original animated feature Can You Imagine?.  Plot details are thin, but the film is described as “a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.”  Tartakovsky is also attached to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 for a September 2015 release and is developing an all-CG Popeye film for the studio as well.  Read the full press release after the jump.

FAULT IN OUR STARS Set for June 6, 2014; THE MAZE RUNNER Pushed to September 19, 2014; SMURFS 3 and THE BOOK THIEF Moved

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A couple of release date shifts have been announced.  Briefly:

  • The highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters on June 6, 2014.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe.
  • The sci-fi thriller YA adaptation The Maze Runner has been pushed from this coming Valentine’s Day to September 19, 2014.  The film stars Dylan O’Brien.
  • Sony has moved The Smurfs 3 from July 2015 to August 14, 2015.
  • Fox has moved the upcoming adaptation The Book Thief up from November 15th to November 8th.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and what their competition looks like on their new release dates.

New SMURFS 2 Logo, SMURFS 3 in Development

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After Sony’s The Smurfs grossed a grand total of $563 million at the global box office last year, they waited a grand total of 12 days before green lighting a sequel.  The studio has released an official logo (above) for the sequel, titled The Smurfs 2, but there was another surprising Smurf-related development today.  Apparently, Sony has enough confidence in their sequel writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche, that they’re now giving the go-ahead on The Smurfs 3. Given that the production of The Smurfs 2 is already underway with much of the original cast returning (plus a few new faces), things must be coming along quite nicely.

Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013.  Hit the jump for news on The Smurfs 3.

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