Charlie Brown and his friends are making a come back on the big screen for Peanuts 65th Anniversary in 2015.
The new Peanuts movie is scheduled to be released in theaters November 25, 2015. That year will mark the 65th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip and the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the first of the Charlie Brown TV specials.
The agreement to produce came between 20th Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios. The new Peanuts film will be directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift), from a screenplay by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son) and the writing team of Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s grandson) and Cornelius Uliano.
There is no set title of the new Charlie Brown movie, but it will be interesting to see how the animation plays out from the simple drawings from Charles Schulz.
Entertainment Weekly reported that the film is the result of two years of discussion “on the film’s creative direction” with the Schulz family, according to the official release. “We have been working on this project for years,” says Craig Schulz in the release. “We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film.”
This isn’t the first for Charlie Brown to hit the Hollywood bigscreens. “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” was released in 1969 and earned $6 million at the box office, it was praised by critics for the design and was nominated for an Academy Award for its music. Three more features followed after, “Snoopy Come Home,” “Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown” and “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!!).”
Charles M Schulz created more than 18,250 comic strips between 1950 and 2000. In his final Sunday cartoon, that was published just hours after his death on January 3, 2000 from colon cancer, he wrote: “Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost fifty years. It has been the fulfilment of my childhood ambition. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement.”
The cartoon showed Snoopy in thought at his typewriter, remembering some of the strip’s most memorable scenes.
Back in it’s day, the “Peanuts” comic strip was read daily by 355 million people in 75 countries, in 2,600 papers and 21 languages every day. and later spawned the beloved holiday television specials including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
‘Peanuts’ Movie Brings Charlie Brown and Friends Back
Charlie Brown comes back. Comic strip is being planned for a 2015 release.
Peanuts Celebrate 65 Years with New Movie in 2015
The Peanuts are gearing up for the 65th Anniversary with a movie being released on November 25th, 2015. The animated feature of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang is being produced by Charles Schulz’s son and grandson, so they are keeping it in the Peanuts family.