'Smurfs' Sequel Set for Aug. 2013 Release

Sony Pictures

Jordan Kerner will produce the follow-up to the hit, which has grossed $135 million worldwide to date.

Since The Smurfs has established itself as one of the summer's hits, triumphing over higher-profile fare like Cowboys & Aliens, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel.

It is targeting a release date of August 2, 2013 for The Smurfs 2.

Jordan Kerner will return as producer of the project.

The Smurfs, a CG/live action combo, has grossed $78.8 domestically and $135 million worldwide to date. Last weekend, it opened in the number one position in 23 markets overseas.