It was bound to happen sooner or later. Deadline is reporting that Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are adapting Charles Schulz‘ beloved comic strip Peanuts into a feature film. Before you start bemoaning the adaptation of everything that has ever existed in any other medium, keep in mind that at least this won’t be live-action or CGI/live-action, so we won’t have to worry about what kid actors should play Charlie Brown, although we’ll probably have a CGI Snoopy in our future. Furthermore, the script will be by Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, who are Schulz’s son and grandson. There’s a genuine sweetness, innocence, and simplicity to Peanuts, and I hope that the Schulzes and director Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will find a way to translate it to the big screen. However, I will say that it is times like these where I’m glad that Bill Waterson has gone out of his way to never license Calvin and Hobbes.
Fox plans to release Peanuts on November 25, 2015, which is the comic strip’s 65th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Peanuts is read daily by 355 million people in 75 countries, and has previously been adapted into TV episodes and specials.