Sony Pictures Digital Productions President Bob Osher has set out more particulars on the studios coming roster of animated films. Updating three and adding a fourth film, Osher said: “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.” Two of the films in process are sequels to previous Sony projects, and one is a rework of a popular animated character; only one is an original project for the studio.
First up is the third in a series of Smurf CG films, this currently titled The Untitled Smurfs Movie. This film will be fully computer generated, while the previous two were live-action with animated characters. Kelly Asbury has officially replaced Raja Gosnell as the films director. While this will be Sony’s third Smurfs film, they plan on taking it in a completely new direction. Our character designs and environments will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo. “Our story will explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a fun full CG animated comedy-adventure for every generation to enjoy,” says director Asbury.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky is at the helm of the next three projects. His first film will be Hotel Transylvania 2, the sequel to his 2012 hit film. Adam Sandler will return as Dracula, and is writing the film with Robert Smigel.
Tartakovsky is also working on the seemingly troubled Popeye. Sony originally set the release date for this film for September 26, 2014, ad Tartakovsky was attached in June 2012. In May 2013, the release date pushed back to sometime in 2015. This project is also to be fully CG animated.
Last up, and also from Tartakovsky, is his own original project currently titled, Can You Imagine? It’s described as a “fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination”. Michelle Murdocca will produce.