Sony Announces 'Smurfs' Reboot and 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

Kelly Asbury is directing the all-CGI Smurfs movie, while Genndy Tartakovsky is taking the helm on both 'Hotel Transylvania 2' and 'Popeye'.

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.

"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 and 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 Smurfs movies from Sony Pictures Animation grossed a combined $910 million worldwide.

Genndy Tartakovsky will return to the director's chair for Hotel Transylvania 2, scheduled for September 2015, which will bring back Adam Sandler's Dracula. Sandler and Robert Smigel are taking on writing duties for the comedy.

The über prolific Genndy Tartakovsky is also busy working an all-new CG take on the comic strip hero, Popeye, all the while developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?, described as a fantastic journey through one boy's imagination. Producer Michelle Murdocca will once again work closely with Tartakovsky.

Kelly Asbury, who was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for Shrek 2, had this to say in a statement.

"I'm really excited about taking the Smurfs in a completely new fresh direction. We're not making a Smurfs 3 film. Our character designs and environments will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo. Our story will explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a fun full CG animated comedy-adventure for every generation to enjoy."

13-time Emmy Award nominee Tartakovsky himself also released the following statement.

"It's good to be back at the Hotel Transylvania, and I'm very excited to work on Popeye, a character that I've loved since I was a kid. I'm also looking forward to developing an entirely new and original animated feature here at Sony Pictures Animation. This is an exciting time for me and for the studio."

Michelle Raimo Kouyate, the President of Production for Sony Pictures Animation, is working closely with filmmakers on those projects while overseeing an extensive development slate for the animation studio. Imagery and animation on all Sony Pictures Animation films will be provided by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Untitled Smurfs Movie comes to theaters August 5th, 2016. The film is directed by Kelly Asbury.

Hotel Transylvania 2 comes to theaters September 25th, 2015 and stars Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher. The film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.


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Comments (4)

  1. gumperman

    Hmm. I'm interested in a all CGI Smurfs film, hope it will be better than the other two films. Another Hotel Transylvania has my ticket purchase as the first was a delight, but I'm hesitant on Popeye (I'm a huge fan of the character & loved the 80's live action film) though not much since it is going to be done by Genndy Tartakovsky and he says, "a character that I've loved since I was a kid", so that's good news.

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  2. Mr.K

    @bawnian-dexeus You and me both. Hotel Transylvania was damn fun.

    9 months agoby @mr-kFlag

  3. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Good to hear the surfs are going to be CGI animated hopefully Hank Anzara is still Gargamel

    9 months agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Yes to a Hotel Transylvania sequel.

    9 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag