Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are heading for the big screen in an animated movie.
The iconic characters are making the transition to film to mark the 65th anniversary of the very first Peanuts comic strip.
Written and illustrated by Charles Schulz, the comic strip ran for almost half a century from the early 1950s until the day after Schulz’s death in 2000. Read and loved the world over, at its peak the groundbreaking Peanuts strip was printed in over 2,600 newspapers.
The loveable schoolboy and his chums have also appeared in adverts and several television programmes and specials – including A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown’s All Stars and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – and can still be seen adorning T shirts, cards and video games. Charlie Brown and Snoopy were even the unofficial mascots for the Apollo 10 space mission.
Schulz stated before his death that: “My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else.” And, in line with his wishes, this new film will be something of a Schulz family affair.
The screenplay will be penned by Craig Schulz, Charles’ son and Bryan Schulz, Charles’ grandson, as well as Cornelius Uliano. Steve Martino, who has worked on the Horton Hears A Who! and Ice Age films, will direct.
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.”
Vanessa Morrison from Fox Animation said in a statment: “We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honoured 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 as yet untitled film is due for release on 25 November 2015.