Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang to hit cinemas in 2015.
It has been announced that 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios are planning a feature film adaptation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip ‘Peanuts.’
The as yet untitled animated film will be released November 2015 and will mark the 65th anniversary of the debut of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the landmark television special, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz, will be providing the screenplay along with producing the feature with his own son, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.
‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!’ co-director Steve Martino will be taking the director’s chair.
“This is a momentous step for the Peanuts brand. The beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang resonate with multiple generations all over the world. This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand,” commented Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group (home to the global ‘Peanuts’ property since 2010).
Craig Schulz commented, “We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honour of my father.”
Vanessa Morrison, President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honored to bring the Peanuts characters to the big screen. This all started with our love and respect for the work of Charles Schulz. We thank the Schulz family and Iconix for letting Fox and Blue Sky bring his vision to new generations of film goers.”