Charles Schulz famed ‘Peanuts’ comic strip will be adapted to a major motion picture in 2015.
20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, after a lengthy battle for the film rights, have agreed on the direction of the film with the surviving family members of the comic’s creator.
Charles’ son and grandson Craig and Bryan Schulz will be working on the project together as writers, with the help of Cornelius Uliano. Director Steve Martino, whose previous works include ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!,’ will helm the project.
President of Twentieth Century Fox Animation Vanessa Morrison said in a statement earlier today, “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 filmgoers.”
The untitled project is provisionally scheduled to premiere November 25, 2015, which will be the 65th anniversary for the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the original celebrated TV special ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’