Sony Shifts 'Goosebumps,' Smurfs Movie Release Dates

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"The Smurfs 2"

Jack Black will star in the film based on R.L. Stine's books, while the third Smurfs film is being touted as a reimagining of the franchise.

Sony has shifted the release date of two of its upcoming family films, Goosebumps and the untitled third Smurfs film.

Goosebumps, which stars Jack Black and is based on the famed R.L. Stine children's horror books, has been moved up from March 23, 2016 to Aug. 7, 2015.

The untitled Smurfs movie, which was originally slated for Aug. 14, 2015, has been pushed a year later, to Aug. 5, 2016.

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Goosebumps, which is directed by Rob Letterman from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, stars Black as the famed writer. It turns out the monsters from his books are actually real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it's up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.

It's produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.

The move puts Goosebumps up against Fox's Assassin's Creed.

The third Smurfs film, which is being touted as a reimagining of the franchise, is directed by Kelly Asbury and produced by Jordan Kerner, with Mary Ellen Bauder co-producing.

The third film is not a sequel or a prequel to the first two live-action/CG hybrid films, which grossed a combined $910 million worldwide. 

The Smurfs film has the Aug. 5, 2016 date to itself for now.