Sony Pictures Animation has scheduled the untitled third “The Smurfs” film for a March 31st 2017 release. The studio claims they plan to take advantage of the run-up to Easter two weeks later.
The new film will be a complete reboot, a fully animated effort that will hew closer to creator Peyo’s original drawings and concept. Kelly Asbury will direct with the film’s final title and voice cast to be announced in coming months.
In a blog post, Asbury says: “Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical to me and my crew that we deliver a movie that will enchant families and fans worldwide for years to come.”