Paramount & Nickelodeon to Smurf a Smurf Movie

Less than a day after an all-new CGI version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was confirmed, word comes from Variety that an all-new CGI version of "The Smurfs" will hit multiplexes in 2008.

Although the Smurfs are best known from their 1980s cartoon adventures, the characters actually go all the way back to 1958, when they were a part of Peyo Culliford's Belgian comic strip. The 2008 release date will commemorate the tiny blue buggers' 50th anniversary.

Screenwriter Herb Ratner has been enlisted to pen the smurfplay, although the plot is presently being kept under tight wraps.

Not at all surprisingly, Paramount and Nickelodeon are planning for the first movie to kick-start a three-chapter smurfogy.

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