Sony Pictures Animation has revealed details of the next film in its Smurfs franchise, Get Smurfy, which will be released worldwide on March 31, 2017.
Get Smurfy will be a standalone entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise, which has grossed more than $900 million globally from previous films Smurfs (2011) and Smurfs 2 (2013).
The new, fully computer-animated feature film will be done in a style reminiscent of creator Peyo Culliford's original artwork and will star platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Emmy-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson ("The Office," Monsters vs. Aliens) as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, "Homeland") as Papa Smurf. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) will direct.
Get Smurfy finds Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creatures' origins are brought to light including whether Smurfs come in any other colors and why are there 99 boys and only one girl.
"We have gathered a group of filmmakers and artists who have grown up with these loveable characters, and Get Smurfy will be imbued with the same spirit of adventure that first made all of us lifelong fans of these little blue guys ... and girl," says Kristine Belson, president, Sony Pictures Animation.