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Those Smurf movies are awful. Not even my kids liked them. The good news is Sony Pictures Animation has decided not to make a Smurfs 3. The bad news is they plan on rebooting the whole franchise and starting fresh.
The studio has hired Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm the animated film that is said to include all new designs and environments. Deadline also reports that it "will focus on the origins of the little blue creatures," and that new film will "be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork."
A Smurfs 3 would probably do just as well as a Smurfs reboot at the box office. I guess maybe they think taking out the live-action aspect of the film will make it more appealing to audiences. The first two films brought in a combined $910 million worldwide, so it makes sense that they would want to stay »
- Joey Paur
Sony Pictures Animation has announced a trio of projects it intends to release over the next two or three years.
Another is a new original creation being called "Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine" which is described as "a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination". Tartakovsky will write and direct the film for a 2017 release.
Yet another project he's a part of is a new version of "Popeye" which the studio plans to release in 2016.
- Garth Franklin
While its live-action film side has been suffering from a dearth of successful releases, Sony's Animation department has been going from strength to strength with a series of hits. The company has now set several new projects in motion, including an original Genndy Tartakovsky ‘toon called Can You Imagine?Tartakovsky, the Samurai Jack creator who managed to pull the Adam Sandler-spawned Hotel Transylvania out of a creative tailspin, and who is now working on an updated take on Popeye, is one of the company’s leading lights. He’s now locked in not only a Hotel Transylvania sequel but also the new project, Can You Imagine?, which is being kept largely under wraps but which appears to be a journey through one boy’s imagination. With his experience working on multiple episodes of shows such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Dexter’s Laboratory, Tartakovsky is able to juggle different projects, »
Sony Pictures Animation is planning on taking audiences on a wild ride filled with vampires and other Halloween monsters, Catbus-esque caterpillar trains and even more Smurfs. The Hollywood Reporter states that Sony Pictures Animation is banking on Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed the hit animated film “Hotel Transylvania,” to bring them more success with two other film projects. Tartakovsky will direct “Hotel Transylvania 2″ and is also developing an original idea called “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?” The plot is a big secret, but the little that’s been leaked out is that it’s a “fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.” Looking at some of the concept art, it appears that we’re [ Read More ]
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Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.
Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (pictured), described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The studio has also hired Kelly Asbury to direct a new, fully computer-animated untitled feature about the Smurfs that is not being set up as Smurfs 3 but a fresh take on the property.
Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?, described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy. Producer Michelle Murdocca will once again collaborate with the director.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Man, it seems like it was only three years ago that The Smurfs hit theatres and reminded us just how creepy those little blue guys could be. But it couldn’t have been only three years ago, because then the idea of rebooting The Smurfs franchise would be ridiculous. It must have been longer ago than that, right? Right?
Wrong. Although the first Smurfs film came out in 2011, and The Smurfs 2 only last year, Sony has ordered a totally computer animated reboot for The Smurfs 3 – or, as it is currently being known, The Untitled Smurfs Movie. I actually hope they keep that title – that’s a good one. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) has been assigned directorial duties on the new film and she promises that it will be closer in look and tone to artist Peyo’s original Smurfs concepts, which I suppose is cause for celebration. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects – which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, states, “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.”
Sony Pictures Animation has hired animation industry veteran Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct an all new, fully computer-animated film featuring the world’s most popular blue creatures. The family adventure, currently going by the working title The Untitled Smurfs Movie, is anticipated in theaters August 2015. Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) is producing, with Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing. The original two live action/CG hybrid »
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures Animation issued a press release today that confirmed a report from February that The Smurfs 3 will be a completely animated reboot, with the studio bringing on Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet) to direct. The studio also confirmed that Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Hotel Transylvania 2, which has Adam Sandler returning to voice Dracula, along with the previously announced Popeye and a new project entitled Can You Imagine? that he is developing for the studio. Check out all the details in the official press release below.
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects-which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form's most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio's most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, had this to say in a statement. »
Sony Animation is looking to stay in business with Genndy Tartakovsky, attaching him to direct “Hotel Transylvania 2″ for the studio as well as a project he developed on his own called “Genndy Tartakovsky Can You Imagine?”
The studio has also tapped Kelly Asbury to direct an all-animated untitled Smurfs pic that is a stand-alone movie from the previous live-action/animated hybrid films that Sony Animation had previously released. That pic will bow August 2015.
Jordan Kerner is producing the untitled Smurfs pic.
Tartakovsky is also developing an all-cgi “Popeye” pic for Spa that is set to be released on Dec. 24, 2015.
- Justin Kroll
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. »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures Animation is overhauling its “Smurfs” franchise and pushing forward on a sequel to 2012 hit “Hotel Transylvania,” the studio division said Wedneday. It also announced plans for computer animated version of “Popeye” and an original animated film “Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?” Plot details on the latter project were kept under wraps. The studio had great success with 2011's “Smurfs,” with the live action and computer graphic hybrid racking up more than $560 million at the box office. Last year's sequel still made $347.5 million globally, but that was less than some box office prognosticators had expected and was »
- Brent Lang
Right now "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky is busy working on an animated feature film adaptation of the classic sailor cartoon Popeye at Sony Pictures Animation. But Tartakovsky will be very busy at Sony with two more projects in development at the studio. Tartakovsky has just signed on to direct a Hotel Transylvania sequel after directing the original film starring Adam Sandler as Dracula, but he's also working on his own original creation that is currently titled Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?, and it might be a little similar to something Pixar has coming soon. First of all, Hotel Transylvania 2 is already set for release on September 25th, 2015, which means the sequel will actually arrive before Popeye hits theaters sometime in 2016. But this other original project from Tartakovsky is more interesting, especially when you see the wild and adventurous concept art right here: The more »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony loves Genndy Tartakovsky so much, they’re never letting him go. The animation director scored a huge hit with his first film for the studio, Hotel Transylvania, and has since been hard at work on a second, Popeye. Now he’s signed on to direct two more projects for Sony. One is the sequel to Hotel […]
- Angie Han
This story first appeared in the March 21-28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Not content to let Disney Animation or DreamWorks Animation hog the spotlight, Sony Pictures Animation is ready to make some waves of its own as it ramps up a trio of projects it will release in the next two or three years. Spa is betting big on Genndy Tartakovsky, the popular animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who is working on two of the three projects. Tartakovsky, who already directed Hotel Transylvania and is deep into Popeye for the
- Borys Kit
As you can see above, fans who supported the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series through 5 seasons are going to get some closure after all, before the animated side of the Star Wars universe is re-tooled and re-launched under the Disney banner via the upcoming Rebels animated series.
Netflix will be airing Clone Wars Season 6 on March 7, 2014 – alongside the entirety of the series (seasons 1 -6) which will be available that same day. Needless to say, if you’ve never gotten on the Clone Wars bandwagon, this might be the prime opportunity.
Clone Wars is a 3D CGI animated series relaunched in 2008, based on a series concept first explored in a 2003 2D animated Clone Wars series, launched under the supervision of animation guru Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack). The core concept is pretty straightforward: exploring in greater detail the events that occurred in the ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
(…but it's nothing to do with religion). Paul Bettany stars in this Korean comic-inspired romp, showing on C4 at 10pm this evening. Enhance your viewing with this lowdown
"If you're not committing sin, you're not having fun" - Black Hat
Remember Legion? Sure you do. It was that 2010 Scott Stewart fantasy action film with strong religious overtones where Paul Bettany had to go to the desert to stop some angels from killing all the humans. You remember it. Its trailer had that old lady spider-zombie in it. It wasn't quite as good as you thought it'd be. Remember?
I'm not sure why I'm telling you about Legion, because Priest is a completely different film. Priest is a 2011 Scott Stewart fantasy action film with strong religious overtones where Paul Bettany has to go to the desert to stop some vampires from killing all the humans. Completely different. Perhaps it's because everyone got it confused with Legion, »
- Stuart Heritage
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