announced on a new theatrical feature from 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios, starring Charlie Brown and the rest of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts gang.
The film, set to project on November 25, 2015, is being directed by Ice Age: Continental Drift helmer Steve Martino. Schulz's son, Craig, and grandson, Bryan, are co-writing the script with unknown screenwriter Cornelius Uliano, and producing.
There's no word on story or title, but in all likelihood it will be computer animated, not traditional. It would also make sense for the filmmakers to treat this like a franchise reboot, with emphasis on (re)introducing the characters to new audiences.
The announcement has been met with anticipation, doubts, and derision. ("Hollywood to Ruin 'Peanuts' Next" ran the headline on The Atlantic Wire.) Not surprising, considering that Peanuts is the biggest comic strip of all time, with some of the most popular characters.
You could say I'm indifferent, because I'm not a fan of Peanuts. (Dilbert is another story.) Not in an averse sort of way, mind you; I've just been ignorant of the franchise since my teenage years. Come to think about it, I might be the audience they're trying to reach.