Sony Pictures Animation has announced their slate of animated feature films for 2015 and beyond. First up is The Smurfs 3, but this time Peyo’s little blue creations are going to be in a fully animated film rather than part of a CG/live-action hybrid like Sony’s previous two Smurfs films. Directing the untitled film is Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet). The new Smurfs feature is scheduled to be released August 2015.
Animator and director is Genndy Tartakovsky is continuing to develop multiple projects with the team at Sony. He is directing the sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 (with Adam Sandler and friends back on board as well), which is scheduled to be released in September 2015. He is also directing Sony’s new CG animated feature Popeye to be released sometime in 2016. Also announced is an original film project that Genndy will direct for Sony titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (no released date has been announced for this film yet).