Sony Already Moving On "Smurfs 3"

By Garth Franklin Friday May 11th 2012 02:54AM

Sony Pictures Animation isn't holding back on its plans to turn "The Smurfs" into a major franchise reports Variety.

With production having only just begun on the sequel, which is due for release July 2013, the studio has just hired "Over The Hedge" scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche to commence work on a script for a third film.

Producer Jordan Kerner remains onboard, though it's unknown if director Raja Gosnell or any of the other cast members will be back for a third go-around.