London, June 12 : Classic children's cartoon characters The Smurfs are celebrating their 50th anniversary by heading to the big screen.
Studios Columbia and Sony have successfully landed the rights to the original 1958 Belgian comic book series by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo.
According to the studios, the new pic will be a combination of live action and animation, reports the BBC.
David Stem and David Weiss, who penned the second and third Shrek movies, will be penning the script for this as well.
Columbia president Doug Belgrad said: "We're very excited to introduce a new generation to Papa Smurf and the other Smurfs in all of their glory."