New Peanuts Movie: Full-Length Film by Charles Schulz' Son Craig

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 12:59 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Charlie Brown and his beloved dog Snoopy are set to appear in their first feature-length film since 1980, reports USA Today.

Due out November 2015, the project is being helmed by Craig Schulz, son of the comic's originator Charles Schulz.

"It's long overdue," he said. "The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right."

The last time the Peanuts characters graced a full-length movie was for "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)," in 1980.

Craig said that since the death of his father in 2000, the Schulz family has been extremely cautious about maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the original characters, but that the time was finally right, with his son Bryan even contributing the screenplay.

"With my father's work this is three generations of Shulzes on this film," he said.

Discussing the new 3-D aspect of upcoming movie, Craig said, "I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father.”

They will be working closely with director Steve Martino, who faithfully adapted Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who!" in 2008. "These characters are known and loved worldwide, and now we have an opportunity to bring them to a new generation," he said.

Producer Paul Feig called the 3-D "effortless" and calmed many people's fears when he said that the tone of the original comics and movies would be maintained above all else. "Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands," he assured potential critics.

The movie's plot has yet to be revealed, but the producers promise it will involve the whole Peanuts cast from Pig-Pen to Peppermint Patty. They did, however, hint at "the Little Red-Haired Girl," Charlie Brown's lifelong crush.

Along with the announcement, the studio released a short teaser trailer, included below.

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