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.