Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang set for new movie

A new movie version of the classic Peanuts strip is in the pipeline. The family of creator Charles Schulz have agreed to the latest project to bring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends to the big screen.

Fox Animation subsidiary Blue Sky Studios plan to release the film in November 2015, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Peanuts' first appearance and the 50th anniversary of the festive TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan will write the screenplay. The film will be directed by Steve Martino who was the director on Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

Fox announced the plans in a press statement: "We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honoured to bring the Peanuts characters to the big screen," studio executive Vanessa Morrison said. "This all started with our love and respect for the work of Charles Schulz. We thank the Schulz family and Iconix for letting Fox and Blue Sky bring his vision to new generations of filmgoers."

Adaptations of the Peanuts strips have been numerous, with several award-winning TV specials and rather less successful movie adaptations. The original Christmas special remains the most popular screen adaptation of Schulz’s work.

Fox have not made it clear what kind of format the new film will adopt. The chances of the Schulz family agreeing to a live-action movie must be regarded as slim to non-existent, although it is more likely that some famous names will be recruited to provide character voices.

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