Peanuts Feature Film Set For 2015

Having taken a few minutes to get blunt my disappointment that I’m not actually directing this film, here’s news of another big-screen adaptation of Peanuts.

The film is to be produced by Blue Sky, the toon studio behind Ice Age, Robots and the upcoming Epic. As such, it’s going to be a CG picture.

We can look forward to seeing it in US cinemas come November 25, 2015 – around the 65th anniversary of the strip and the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Keeping the film in touch with the legacy of Charles Schulz’s original strip, at least a little, are the writers, Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. Or to put it another way, Sparky’s son, and his grandson and his writing partner.

Perhaps a little less encouraging is that Steve Martino, co-director of Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift will be the man in charge. I’m rotting for you, though, Martino. I want you to run right up and kick this ball and send it soaring right out of the stadium.

Deadline say that the deal took two years of negotiations with the Schulz estate and Peanuts Worldwide. It’s right for them to be protective. This is certainly a precious brand. Craig Schulz says that the film will be:

true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father.

- and I hope that he’s right.

Incidentally, the Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection of Blu-rays is going cheap right now – at $29.49, down from $69.97. Importers note that the discs are region free, and so is the snowglobe. Yep, that little fella swirls just as well no matter where in the world you swish it.