The third Smurfs film will be a wholly computer-animated affair that will take the popular cartoon characters in “a completely new fresh direction,” its director Kelly Asbury has said.
The August 2015 release will follow two live action/CGI 'hybrids' in which the Smurfs interacted with human actors.
The new film, Asbury added, “will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo.”
Peyo was the pen name of Pierre Culliford, the Belgian comic book artist who in 1958 created Les Schtroumpfs, as they are known in their home country.
Released in 2011, the first Smurfs film made more than $563.7m worldwide, according to the Box Office Mojo website. Its 2013 follow-up did not perform as strongly, making just £347.5m (£208.6m) in total.