Sony Goes Fully Animated for ‘Smurfs 3’; Kelly Asbury to Direct
Feb. 27: A lot of good tidbits can come out in earnings report calls. For example: Sony has confirmed it is putting a third Smurfs movie on the fast-track — and that the movie will be fully animated. Kelly Asbury, of Gnomeo & Juliet and Shrek 2, is directing. The studio’s two previous Smurfs films were hybrid affairs, mixing animation and live action. The first was a hit, grossing $143 million domestic and $563 million worldwide in 2011. The sequel, released last year, slipped significantly with $71 million domestic and $347 million worldwide. The third Smurfs film is due Aug. 14, 2015.