Smurfs: The Lost Village, previously known as Get Smurfy, is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated adventure-comedy film directed by Kelly Asbury. It is based primarily on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artistPeyo, and is a total reboot film, completely unrelated to Sony’s live-action/animated film series. The film stars Demi Lovato asSmurfette, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel. The film is set for an April 7, 2017 release. Sony Pictures Animation will dedicate this upcoming CGI 3D movie to Nine Culliford, Joan Rivers, who had a small cameo in the first Smurfs film, and Anton Yelchin, who voiced Clumsy Smurf in the previous two Smurfs movies, two Holiday-themed short movies, and was also the U.S. dub voice of Albino Pirate in The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Rivers died on September 4, 2014, due to medical complications at a surgery. Yelchin died on June 19, 2016 in a car accident.
Smurfette attempts to find her purpose in the village. When she encounters a creature in the Enchanted Forest, she sets off on an adventure.
Demi Lovato as Smurfette
Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf
Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf
Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf
Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf
Rainn Wilson as Gargamel
Director Kelly Asbury with Peyo’s daughter, Véronique Culliford
On May 10, 2012, just two weeks after they announced production of The Smurfs 2, Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures were already developing a script for The Smurfs 3 with scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche. Hank Azaria, who played Gargamel in the first two movies, revealed that the third film “might actually deal with the genuine origin of how all these characters ran into each other way back when.” Unlike the first two live action/computer-animated hybrid films, the third film will be entirely computer-animated and won’t be a sequel.
In March 2014, it was revealed that Kelly Asbury was hired to direct the film. Exploring the origins of the Smurfs, the comedy-adventure will feature a new take on the characters, with designs and environments more closely following the artwork created by Peyo.
The film is produced by Jordan Kerner and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder, while Asbury was confirmed to direct. On June 14, 2015, Sony Pictures Animation revealed Get Smurfy as the title of the film, along with a first look at the film.
On January 16, 2015, Mandy Patinkin was added to the cast of the animated adventure film to voice Papa Smurf, which was previously voiced by late Jonathan Winters in live-action/CGI films. On June 14, 2015, Demi Lovato was revealed to be cast as Smurfette, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel.
The film was initially set to be released on August 14, 2015, but on May 1, 2014, the reboot film’s release date was pushed back to August 5, 2016. In March 2015, the release date was again pushed back to March 31, 2017. In March 2016, the release date was pushed back to April 7, 2017.