It’s the time of year to play the Peanuts holiday classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and in no coincidence, today also brings news that Paul Feig will produce and oversee the animated Peanuts feature for Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!), the Peanuts feature will be based on the iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz. The script was written by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Now due out November 6, 2015, Peanuts will mark Feig’s first animated feature and he couldn’t be happier. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Deadline reported that Feig has landed a producer role on Peanuts as part of his first-look deal with Fox, even though it’s a decidedly more family-friendly project than we’re used to getting from the Bridesmaids and The Heat director. Here’s what he had to say about the news:
“Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars. Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything in my career, especially Freaks And Geeks. I’m thrilled I finally get to be pals with Charlie Brown and Snoopy.”
Schulz’s son, Craig, also added:
“As we continue on our creative journey to bring my father’s characters to life, collaborating with a talent like Paul is a great step forward. Knowing how Peanuts, especially Charlie Brown’s never-give-up-attitude has influenced him throughout his life, makes this partnership even more meaningful.”
Watch this trailer for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown below: