The Smurfs Movie is an upcoming live-action/CGI-animated
fantasy-family film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by J. David Stem
and David N. Weiss, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank
Azaria, with the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Jeff
Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, and George Lopez. Produced by
Jordan Kerner, the film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.
It will be the first CGI/live-action hybrid film in The Smurfs franchise. After five years of negotiations, Kerner bought the rights in 2002 and was in development with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies until Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation obtained the film rights in 2008. Filming began on March 26, 2010 in New York. After having the release date pushed back twice, it is currently scheduled to be released on August 3, 2011.
Plot: After the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs out of their village, they tumble out of their magical world into the middle of Central Park in New York. They must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.