He’s no blockhead! Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig will produce and oversee the upcoming Peanuts feature for 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios based on the iconic Charles Schultz comic strips, EW confirms. Deadline first reported the news.
The news may be a surprise to fans of Feig’s adult comedies, but it’s a dream come true for the filmmaker. “Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars,” he told Deadline. “Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything in my career, especially Freaks And Geeks.” It will be Feig’s first animated project.
Directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!), the script is by Schulz’s son Craig Schulz and grandson Bryan Schulz with writing partner Cornelius Uliano. Uliano and both Craig and Bryan will serve as producers on the film alongside Feig. There’s no word yet on who will voice Lucy, Charlie, Linus, and the gang, or if the classic TV voice actors will reprise their roles. Might we suggest frequent Feig collaborator Melissa McCarthy for Lucy?
The film already has a November 6, 2015 release date, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the comic and the 50th anniversary of the first Charlie Brown Christmas special. This will be the first time the Peanuts will appear on the big screen and it is sure to bring a lot of happiness to a whole new generation of fans.