Good grief! Charles Schulz’ beloved “Peanuts” comic strip is being adapted into an animated feature film.
Blue Sky Studios, makers of the commercially successful “Ice Age” movies, will produce the yet-to-be-named movie, tentatively set for release in November 2015.
The cartoonist’s son, Craig Schulz, will cowrite the screenplay with Schulz’s grandson Brian.
“We have been working on this project for years,” Craig Schulz said. “We finally felt the time was right, and the technology is where we need it to be, to create this film.”
The film’s release will coincide with the 65th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip — which debuted in October 1950 — and the 50th anniversary of the Peanuts gang’s beloved first TV special, 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The comic strip left the funny pages in 2000, the year Schulz died.
The Schulz family said its involvement will ensure that no one pulls the football away and trips up the Peanuts legacy.
And Blue Sky is no stranger to kids adaptations. In addition to the “Ice Age” saga, the studio cranked out “Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who,” which made almost $300 million in 2008.
Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus have starred in dozens of TV specials over the decades (“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” etc), but they only hit the big screen four times, most recently in the 1980 film, “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!).”
Source: Jacob E. Osterhout@NY Daily News
I am going to cry tears of joy. IDK how I feel about CGI though.