One of the most successful animation studios in terms of international box office appeal has been given a treat: screen rights to the Peanuts franchise. Tuesday afternoon it came out that the Charles Schulz-created comic strip would be finding new life on the big screen from Blue Sky Studios–the Fox-owned group behind Rio and Ice Age.
No plot details have been revealed at this time, but behind-the-scenes talent has been lined up. Directing will be Steve Martino whose credits include Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age 4.
The big wigs in charge all had things to say on the matter, but what was said by Peanuts screen writer and son of Charles Schulz, Craig Schulz, is less cookie cutter and therefore worth the quick mention:
“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.”
A release is planned for November 24, 2015. The date is far from arbitrary as it will arrive on the 50th anniversary of the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas special which airs on broadcast television annually.