Looks like that Smurfs movie is finally going to see the light of day after all. There has been concept art and a logo floating around for a while now, but what the project didn’t have was an actual director. At one point, Colin Brady (Everyone’s Hero) was attached, but he later parted ways in favour of some movie called The Legend of Santa Claus. (Strange, considering he was also supposed to direct Astro Boy and left that for The Smurfs.) At any rate, it appears that Columbia has now finally found the appropriate helmsman in Raja Gosnell.
Who is Raja Gosnell? Why, only the visionary director responsible for such films as Scooby-Doo, Big Momma’s House and Beverly Hills Chihuahua! Hey, at least they’re not misleading us with regards to the kind of movie we can expect from The Smurfs. It’s going to be a combination of CG and live-action, and clearly it’s going to be aimed at 8-year-old kids. I can’t really claim that’s not appropriate either. The real question is, will they maintain the communist undertones of the original cartoon? The movie is being produced in both 2-D and 3-D, and will hit theatres sometime in December of 2010.