This isn’t new news, so much as it’s a simple reminder. It’s going to be that kind of week — all the Hollywood producers are at their beach houses with their mistresses ahead of Independence Day, so we’re left with trade crumbs. Todays crumb: There’s an official release date now for the Smurf’s Movie. December 17, 2010. Mark it on your calendars.
As you may recall when we first made the announcement, the Smurfs movie will be live action, on account of the success of Alvin and the Chipmunks (and keep a lookout for its Squeequel this Christmas). And since Gargamel was the only human, as I recall, in the cartoon, then he’ll be the only major cast member. I like Jackie Earle Haley for the role, if only to see traumatized toddlers. Nothing is known about the storyline, but with only one female Smurf and 100 male smurfs, I’m hoping for something dystopic, along the lines of Children to Men, only with considerably more violence. In fact, I understand that Eli Roth is trying to branch out into other genres — he’d be perfect for this movie. And maybe Beavis and Butthead could have a cameo where they stick Smurfs in toy cars with firecrackers. And we could finally learn the real origins behind Handy Smurf.
Like I said: It’s a slow week.