Sony Animation Shelves ‘Smurfs 3′ For New Origin Tale In Franchise Reboot

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 11:18am PDT

One thing that’s become evident. It’s hard to kill a Smurf. After a sequel that saw its business nosedive next to the original,  SmurfsPeyoSony Pictures Animation is changing course and planning a new take on its Smurfs franchise, tapping Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm an all-animated film with new designs and environments that will focus on the origins of the annoying blue creatures. The new take will be closer to creator Kelly-Asbury-photo-gnomeo-premierePeyo’s original artwork, and it has been targeted for the August 2015 release. They originally planned a straight trilogy, but apparently they will take a mulligan on a second film which contributed to all the heat Sony Pictures brass received from the likes of Daniel Loeb on a subpar 2013 returns. Read More »

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Sony Animation In Talks With Kelly Asbury For ‘Kazorn & The Unicorn’

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 4:58pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Asbury is in negotiations to direct Kazorn & The Unicorn for Sony Pictures Animation. Asbury co-wrote and directed 2011 Gnomeo and Juliet for Disney and co-directed Shrek 2 in 2004. Kazorn & the Unicorn follows the adventures of a … Read More »

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Sony Animation Taps Kelly Asbury To Write ‘Pooch Cafe’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 4:32pm PDT

Kelly Asbury, who co-wrote and directed Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet and co-directed Shrek 2, has been hired to write Pooch Cafe for Sony Pictures Animation, the studio announced today. The pic is based on Paul Gilligan’s syndicated comic strip, which … Read More »

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Elton John Tunes Up ‘Rocketman,’ A Feature Film About His Iconic Music Career

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 3:58pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Rocket Pictures partners Elton John and David Furnish are launching their most ambitious movie project, one that will tell the story of John’s illustrious musical career. They are teaming with Billy Elliot scribe and playwright Lee Hall on Rocketman, … Read More »

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Elton John’s Rocket Pictures And Kelly Asbury Follow ‘Gnomeo’ With ‘Will Gallows And The Snake Bellied Troll’

By | Tuesday July 26, 2011 @ 4:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Rocket Pictures is re-teaming with Gnomeo & Juliet writer/director Kelly Asbury on Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll, a live-action/CGI-animated feature. Based on the first in a series of books by Derek Keilty, the film tells the story … Read More »

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First Image For Disney’s ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’

Disney just released what it’s calling the “first image” for GNOMEO & JULIET, the greatest love story ever told, starring garden gnomes. Adapted from Shakespeare, directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) with classic and original songs by Elton John, it features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt:

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