Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang are coming to the big screen, as 20th Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios unit announced Tuesday that they have acquired the rights to Charles M. Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” comic strip.The planned movie, the product of an agreement between the studio and Schulz’s heirs, is scheduled to arrive in theaters Nov. 25, 2015.Steve Martino, who directed Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who,” is to direct from a screenplay by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Craig Schulz is the famous cartoonist’s son, and Bryan Schulz his grandson.“We have been working on this project for years,” Craig Schulz, president of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, said in a statement. “We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film.”
There’s every possibility this will be okay — good, even, given that Schulz’s heirs co-wrote the screenplay — but when I see it’s going to be directed by the hack who made Ice Age: Continental Drift and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, I have a hard time being optimistic. Plus, you know its going to be CG, because Hollywood doesn’t even remember how to make 2-D films anymore. Sigh. I fully expect to walk around like this for the rest of the day.