In commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, 20th Century Fox Animation and Ice Age's Blue Sky Studios are celebrating the Charlie Brown spirit of determination in the face of almost certain disastrous failure: they're turning the immortal Charles Schultz comic into an animated film franchise.
After reportedly two years of negotiations, the studios have reached a deal with the Schultz family to stretch the Peanuts brand even thinner than apparel, various home goods, MetLife ads, greeting cards, video games, amusement parks, and a declining series of once-brilliant television specials already have. Schultz heirs Craig and Bryan are producing and writing the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino is already attached to deliver the film November 25, 2015.
Here's Craig Schultz, President of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and son to the comics icon, explaining that the reason for doing this now is that the technology has only recently reached the point of adequately rendering little round-headed kids:
"We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. 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."
We'll see if "continue the legacy in honor of my father" means a 3D Snoopy putting on sunglasses and doing "Gangnam Style" with Woodstock. But probably.