A Charlie Brown film will be released in 2015, reports Entertainment Weekly. The question that one must ponder is whether a CGI film of the iconic Peanuts characters, created by Charles Schulz for the comic strip, will work in CGI animation instead of the classic hand-drawn animation.
EW spoke with Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago about Schulz, the Peanuts brand, and a CGI version of the movie that would be released in 3-D. One of the questions asked by EW dealt with converting Peanuts from classic 2-D to 3-D.
When you’re translating a work to another medium, I think creators feel a need to make sure that old and new fans get an experience they can’t get otherwise. If you’ve got a 2-D comic strip that you can turn into a live-action movie or render in CG animation, it’s fun to see something that looks completely different than the source material. I love the Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s, but getting Jules Feiffer to write a screenplay for a Robert Altman-directed film with Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl? How could you pass up an opportunity like that? With something like Peanuts that’s so near and dear to so many of us, I’d almost rather see a radical departure like this, since it will draw fewer direct comparisons to the comic strip.
The release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which re-airs annually on ABC, and the 65th anniversary of the strip. Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios will handle the film. It was first announced in October 2012.
The script has been written by Craig Schulz, the son of Charles Schulz along with his own son, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. They are producing the film as well. Steve Martino is attached as a director.
Fans will have just over 2 years to find out.