October 24th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
When it comes to 2015's "Peanuts" movie, we can take comfort that the guy overseeing it is notorious for providing laughs.
Paul Feig, the director behind blockbuster comedies "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids," has signed on to produce the "Peanuts" animated film, Blue Sky Studios announced Wednesday.
It's an interesting pairing, given that Feig is best known for raunchy, adult humor, but he'll have good company with director Steve Martino, who's helmed "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift."
In a statement to Deadline, which first reported the news, Feig explained that the spunky characters crafted by Charles M. Schulz were a crucial part of his childhood.
“Growing up, 'Peanuts' was my 'Star Wars,'” Feig said. “Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything in my career, especially (the TV show) 'Freaks And Geeks.' I’m thrilled I finally get to be pals with Charlie Brown and Snoopy.”
The script for the feature will be written by Cornelius Uliano and Craig and Bryan Schulz, who are the son and grandson of the famed "Peanuts" cartoonist, respectively. All three writers will also produce the project along with Feig.
“As we continue on our creative journey to bring my father’s characters to life, collaborating with a talent like Paul is a great step forward," Craig Schulz said in a statement. "Knowing how Peanuts, especially Charlie Brown’s never-give-up-attitude, has influenced him throughout his life makes this partnership even more meaningful.”
The "Peanuts" movie will be Feig's first animated feature. It's slated to arrive on November 6, 2015, marking the 65th anniversary of the debut of Schulz's beloved comic strip, as well as the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
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