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Thursday 17 April 2014

Feig 'thrilled' for Peanuts movie

Paul Feig will produce the Peanuts movie

Paul Feig has revealed his excitement about producing the Peanuts film.

The director of Bridesmaids and The Heat has signed on to produce and oversee the upcoming animated movie, featuring the late Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip characters such as Charlie Brown and Snoopy, for 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios.

"Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars. Charles Schulz's characters influenced everything in my career, especially Freaks And Geeks. I'm thrilled I finally get to be pals with Charlie Brown and Snoopy," the filmmaker told Deadline.

Craig Schulz, the son of the Peanuts creator, added: "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. Knowing how Peanuts, especially Charlie Brown's never-give-up-attitude, has influenced him throughout his life makes this partnership even more meaningful."

The film - which would be Paul's first involvement in a cartoon film - will be written by Craig with Charles' grandson Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano after the comic strip rights were acquired by Fox in 2012.

It is scheduled for a November 2015 release, which coincides with the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first of the gang's many TV specials.

Horton Hears A Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino will take the reins on the movie.

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