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Has it really been forty years since the last Peanuts feature film? Good grief! Well fear not, fans, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang are about to head back to the big screen in a major way. Fox has secured the rights to the Charles Schultz's comic strip and is planning to create a whole new franchise via Fox Animation and Blue Sky (the company behind the 'Ice Age' films). The first film already has a release date set for November 25th, 2015; in time for the 65th anniversary of the comic strip. The first film will be directed by Steve Martino ('Horton Hears a Who,' 'Ice Age: Continental Drift') and written by Charles Schultz's son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schultz, as well as Cornelius Uliano. Said Craig Schultz...
"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.”
Normally this is where I would reiterate that Hollywood has become laughably obsessed with branding and will make movies out of anything with a recognizable name. But dammit, I love the Peanuts and they are long overdue for a new cinematic adventure. Also, the fact that the Schultz family, is behind his project is at least somewhat encouraging. Craig Schultz is not just some uninvolved relative, but the head of the Peanuts' company so his endorsement and agreement to this deal is important. My only real concern now is that we're going to get lame, CGI versions of the lovable Peanuts characters. I know there is something to be said for updating characters this old for a younger generation, but so much of the charm of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang is the loving style by which they were drawn. My hope is we don't get something like that latest 'Looney Tunes Show' on Cartoon Network where the characters all look like half-assed screen saver versions of themselves.
What do you guys think? Could a new Peanuts movie work? Would you be interested in seeing it if it were computer animated?