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Paramount on Smurf turf

Paramount’s getting the blues, acquiring film rights to vintage cartoon characters the Smurfs and setting up development of a 3-D CGI feature with producer Jordan Kerner and Nickelodeon Movies. The producers have conceived the project as a trilogy and are aiming to release the first film in 2008 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Smurfs. The Smurfs originated in 1958 as a Belgian comic strip from Peyo (Pierre) Culliford. NBC launched “The Smurfs” in 1981, spawning 256 episodes and multiple Emmy awards.

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