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The beloved Smurfs franchise is about to go through another reboot and the crew over at Sony Pictures Animation appears to be eager to get it out there even before its summer 2016 release date.

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As The Hollywood Reporter announced recently, the next Smurfastic installment will be directed be Kelly Asbury, and the rumor has it that Mandy Patinkin is just about to seal the deal when it comes to voicing Papa Smurf. Mandy will be replacing Jonathan Winters who lent his voice to the legendary character in the first two takes.

On the safe side

Sony has decided to play it safe when it comes to the director as Asbury is definitely the right man for the job having worked on the storyboards for modern-day animation classics such as “Toy Story”, “The Little Mermaid”, and also “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and “Shrek 2” which gave him Academy Awards nominations.

Rising up to the Occasion

The whole thing actually comes as a bit of a surprise, since the second installment didn’t really rise up to the occasion and as it had $200 million drop at the box office, the studio wasn’t quite happy, to say the least.

The 2011’s Smurfs was and utter flop, despite having an awesome live-action and voice cast – Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, and John Oliver.

Let’s hope the 2016 sequel will be more Smurfastic than its predecessor.