Studio sets August 2013 date for its second troll-themed kiddie film
With its "Smurfs" becoming perhaps the biggest surprise hit at the box office this summer, Sony announced Tuesday that it's moving forward with a sequel.
Sony didn't release any other details, including whether or not Neil Patrick Harris will be back to take on the live-action lead role.
The original "Smurfs," produced at a cost of $110 million, has grossed $135 million after less than two weeks of worldwide release (the film went wide internationally last weekend in 23 territories).
Projected to take in no more than $30 million its domestic premiere two weeks ago, the film outperformed expectations, grossed $35.6 million, and nearly topped the under-performing "Cowboys & Aliens" for the box-office crown that weekend.
Sony acquired the project on turnaround from Paramount and produced it inhouse.