Paul Feig to Produce Animated PEANUTS Movie, Due November 6, 2015

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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.

paul-feigDeadline 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:




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  • SomeGuy

    This is good news to me. I have really been following the developments of the Peanuts feature film for some time and this is a good step forward. Not only is Feig a voice of modern comedy, he is also a fan of the long-running franchise. “Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars.” That says it there.

  • NotePad

    If this isn’t done in hand drawn style, like the cartoon, then they shouldn’t bother. I sure hope they stick to the classic animation style.

    • Traci

      If anything, I hope its like Paperman, a CGI animated film with a 2D, hand-drawn aesthetic.

      • Mark Tweedale

        Paperman was a beautiful mix of 2D and 3D sensibilities. There really should be a film in development using this technique.

      • NotePad

        never seen it, or heard of it to be honest. But that sounds cool, i’ll have to look out for it.

        But that probably wont happen, will it? But the Winnie the Pooh film gives some hope.

  • Kim

    please please PLEASE don’t do it in 3D like they did the Smurfs or Yogi Bear..

  • Dan Robert Head

    3d animated adaptations aren’t the problems it’s live action with 3d animation unless it’s Paddington bear movie which makes sense

  • Dan Robert Head

    3d animated adaptations aren’t the problems it’s live action with 3d animation unless it’s Paddington bear movie which makes sense

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