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Smurfs live-action film gets release date

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm •  Published: June 29, 2009

According to Cinema Blend, a Smurfs live-action film is in the works, with a planned release date of Dec. 17, 2010.

It’s coming from Sony, and Cinema Blend assumes it’ll be something in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” vein, a live-action Gargamel with GGI Smurfs running about.

I haven’t personally thought much about the Smurfs since the 1980s, though I did once own the first three issues of the comic book.  Smurfs was largely something I watched because it was on, rather than something I sought out.  Is there enough Smurf nostalgia to fuel a successful remake? I didn’t think 20th Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” would work, but my kids loved it, and it was a financial success.

“The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises, and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world,” Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad said in a release at “We’re very excited to introduce a new generation to Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other smurftastic Smurfs in all of their ‘three-apple-tall’ glory.”

- Matt Price

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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