Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures are already so confident that The Smurfs 2 will be a success; they set to work on script for The Smurfs 3 with Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche (Over the Hedge). Jordan Kerner, producer of the first two films, returns to develop the third installment, but still isn’t that well-known yet if Raja Gosnell will return to helm The Smurfs 3. Two weeks ago, production has begun on live action/computer animated hybrid 3D family comedy The Smurfs 2, which is set for release July 31st, 2013 with most of the original cast returning. The second film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofía Vergara, and Hank Azaria, with voice actors Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Alan Cumming (Gutsy), Fred Armisen (Brainy), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), and John Oliver (Vanity Smurf) also returning. New cast members include Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow‘s stepfather, Victor Doyle, J.B. Smoove as a naughty smurf named Hackus and Christina Ricci as Vexy, an evil version of Smurfette. In addition to Over the Hedge, together with his writing partner, Chris Poche wrote an original comedy entitled Flakes, which Kirkpatrick also produced. Stay tuned.