Hi, Bryan Here….
The 20th Century Foc animation team and Blue Sky Studios are developing a big film franchise for Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’. The team behind ‘Ice Age’ has already set a release date for the first film, which will be Thanksgiving day in 2015, so we have a bit of time. More than three years in fact. That date celebrates the 65th anniversary of the original comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the ‘Charlie Brown Chistmas’ special according to Deadline.
Steve Martino will direct the project. Martino directed ‘Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!’ and the latest ‘Ice Age’ film. Charles Schulz’s son and grandson will help write and produce the first film at least, which is very cool. This deal has been in the negotiation stages for over two years.
Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison 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.”
And Charles Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz said, “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 honor of my father.”
This is very cool news, and I can’t wait to see what comes of this. I wonder if it will be 2D animation or the CG 3d animation? Only time will tell.