Saturday, August 11, 2012

Is a Smurfs 2 Movie in the Works?

The Smurfs (film)
The Smurfs (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re a major fan of the little blue creatures that stand three apples high, you’ll be excited to know that production has already started on a sequel to last year’s Smurfs movie. And you’ll recognize some of the people in Smurfs 2, including Neil Patrick Harris.

Despite the bad reviews and criticisms from movie critics (who listens to them anyways?), the Smurfs movie was very popular last year and people came to theaters in droves to see a live action version of one of their favorite Saturday morning cartoons from the 1980s. In total, the first Smurfs movie brought in nearly $600 million. That’s not a small feat! 

As with any successful movie, a sequel is not only possible, it’s almost guaranteed. The movie companies have to cash in on its popularity while it can and since people love them so much, why not make another movie? You might also be pleased to know that they have already started developing a second sequel for the movie, but very few details are available on that one.

As for Smurfs 2, Raja Gosnell is back in the director’s chair. He’s directed other family friendly movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Home Alone 3. Several of the cast members are also returning for the sequel. Jayma Mays, Neil Patrick Harris’s counterpart in the movie, is reprising her role as is Jonathan Winters as the voice of Papa Smurf and Katy Perry as Smurfette’s unmistakable voice. Hank Azaria will be Gargamel once again and Christina Ricci is also joining the cast of voices.

The first installment of the Smurfs movie involves several of the more popular and well known characters from the cartoon being transported to New York City where they get lost. They have to get back to their village before they are captured by Gargamel. The movie was in the works for about 15 years. The rights to the movie were purchased by Jordan Kerner in 2002 and that was after five years of negotiations. Several companies worked on developing the film, including Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon movies. However, it wasn’t until Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures purchased the rights to the film in 2008 when it started going full steam ahead. Filming began in 2010 and was released on July 29, 2011. 

Some of the other voices that may make a comeback include Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf, Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf and Wolfgang Puck as Chef Smurf. Do you think Smurfs 2 will be as successful as the first one?  Also, check out our Smurfs t-shirts.