The two previous "Smurfs" CGI/live-action films weren't exactly critical or commercial blockbusters. In fact, audiences panned the slapdash plot, heavy-handed contrivances, and deviation from what many considered to be official Smurf lore. Director Kelly Asbury is seeking to reboot the ailing franchise with "Smurfs: The Lost Village," and the film's producers have revealed the official teaser trailer in hopes of generating some interest.
It's a short clip that doesn't give away much of the story -- but it does, however, make an attempt to convey a comical tone. This is definitely in contrast to the previous films, which were widely regarded as pure campy, and utterly unfunny.
The producers of "The Lost Village" are attempting to avoid the pitfalls that marred the previous "Smurfs" films. They've recast the roles and are drawing from the Smurfs comics as their source material.
"Smurfs: The Lost Village," which is set to release on April 7, 2017, will star Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf), Joe Manganiello (Hefty Smurf), Jack McBrayer (Clumsy Smurf), Danny Pudi (Brainy Smurf), and Rainn Wilson (Gargamel).