Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Sony Plunges Into Chipmunks Territory

Rights to the Smurfs (feature edition) have been in Sony's hopper for awhile. When I've walked through the Imageworks' campus, there has been artwork and storyboard festooning the walls. But not the company is moving forward with the Blue Crew:

Raja Gosnell has been tapped to direct Sony’s live-action/animated “Smurfs.”

The film will be released in 3-D and 2-D formats on Dec. 17, 2010.

“Smurfs” will be produced by Jordan Kerner (“Charlotte’s Web”). J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (the second and third “Shrek” pics) and Audrey Wells (“George of the Jungle”) penned the script; the logline’s being kept under wraps.

Gosnell started his career as an editor on “Home Alone,” “Pretty Woman” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” and broke into directing on “Home Alone 3.” He most recently helmed “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

Sony announced in June 2008 that it had launched the “Smurfs” movie project after obtaining film rights ...

A while ago, when I ambled through Sony Pictures Animation big white building in Culver City, there was jawing among the artists about how realistic/live action or stylized/animated the Smurfs were going to look in the new feature.

You'll be amazed at this, but the artists were pushing for more of a cartoon look. (What possessed them?) And one of the producers on board was pushing for a live-action approach to the the little blue people.

Shocking, but there it is.


Anonymous said...

What role, if any, will the SPA crew have on Smurfs? Won't Imageworks just provide animation services, like R and H did for Chipmunks?

Steve Hulett said...

SPA personnel would be boarding sections of the film, also designing animated characters.

Anonymous said...

What other films are still boarding at Sony now?

Anonymous said...

Not much!

Anonymous said...

Not much!

LOL, I was afraid of that. Thanks, brother(or sister)!

Anonymous said...

They should just paint Seth Rogen blue and shoot it in forced perspective like Darby O' Gill.

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