The Smurfs Go to Hollywood
LOS ANGELES ~ Hollywood is bringing the adventures of The Smurfs to life in a film aimed at introducing the cartoon little blue creatures to a new generation of fans, it was announced this week.
A statement from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation said they had obtained motion picture rights to the Smurfs, who first appeared as a Belgian comic strip in 1958.
A hybrid live-action and animated film would now go into production, with the writers of the phenomenally successful second and third Shrek films, David Stem and David Weiss, tapped to write the screenplay.
“The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world,” Columbia president Doug Belgrad said in a statement.
“We’re very excited to introduce a new generation to Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other Smurfs in all of their ‘three apple tall’ glory.”
Best known in the English-speaking world through their long-running Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, the Smurfs first appeared half a century ago and were created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment