You’re a Movie Star, Charlie Brown!
Peanuts, the beloved comic strip created by Charles Schulz 62 years ago, will be made into a feature animated film from Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the companies announced early Tuesday. The film will be directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift), from a screenplay by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son) and the writing team of Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s grandson) and Cornelius Uliano. The as yet untitled production already has a release date, Nov. 25, 2015, which perhaps not coincidentally marks the 65th anniversary of the first Peanuts comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the beloved television special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
There is no word on how the animation team plans to bring Charles Schulz’s simple, spare drawings to life, but the film is the result of two years of discussion “on the film’s creative direction” with the Schulz family, according to the official release. “We have been working on this project for years,” says Craig Schulz in the release. “We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film.”
One request: No rapping Charlie Brown, please.