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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 08/09/2011

A ‘Smurfs’ sequel is coming in 2013

You already can’t wait to see them in “Smurfs 2,” can you?
Movie audiences have embraced “The Smurfs,” despite the best efforts of the film critic community. And as a result, we all get to smurf our way through a second movie.

Deadline reports that a sequel to the recent Neil-Patrick-Harris-meets-blue-gnomes movie has been set for a release date of Aug. 2, 2013. Given the recent announcements about the 2014 release dates for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Catching Fire,” the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” this qualifies as short notice. But hopefully people can still clear some space on their summer-movie calendars two years from now.

So, just to recap: in the past two days, we’ve established that the soundtrack for the remake of “Footloose,” an ‘80s movie, has gotten all twanged up; Lionsgate is remaking “Dirty Dancing,” another ‘80s-era film beloved by anyone who ever had a romantic fantasy set to the tune of “De todo un poco”; and Sony is launching a sequel to “The Smurfs,” a family comedy inspired by the azure cartoon characters also made popular during the 1980s.

If, by some chance, a remake of “The Breakfast Club” and/or a sequel to 2005’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” is announced later this week, civilization will finally collapse in a massive, original-idea-deficient heap. Assuming, you know, you don’t think that’s happened already.

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