The Smurfs will return to the big screen as Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation sign a multi-picture deal with the brand’s worldwide licence-holders.
Last seen in 2017’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, it seems the little blue creatures will be returning to the big screen once again. Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation have teamed up with The Smurfs worldwide licence-holders, signing a multi-picture deal. Not only will they be making multiple films about the beloved characters, the first project is already underway, according to Deadline.
It will be an animated musical co-produced by all involved companies – including the Belgium-based LAFIG Belgium and IMPS. These are the worldwide licensors of the Smurfs brand, which started out as a Belgian comic series. Pam Brady, who worked on animated comedy series South Park, is set to write the first film. It is reported that it will begin production this year for a December 2024 release.
In addition to multiple films, the 3D-animated TV series, The Smurfs, will also be renewed for a second season. The first season of the show, aired in 2021, was almost entirely produced in Belgium and served as a sequel to Smurfs: The Lost Village. Nickelodeon aired the series internationally.
The last three Smurfs films, released in 2011, 2013, and 2017, were produced by Sony Pictures. It’s unclear why the company no longer has the global rights to the iconic characters.
We’ll bring you more on the new Smurfs films as we hear it.
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