Fox, Blue Sky nab ‘Peanuts’ franchise

Toon set for release on Nov. 25, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox’s big-screen “Peanuts” adaptation may not have a name, but it has a date: Nov. 25, 2015 — 65 years after the beloved characters made their newspaper debut.

Studio has acquired feature film rights to the franchise and has tapped “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” helmer Steve Martino to direct the toon.

Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, will pen the script with scribe Cornelius Uliano. All three will produce.

The “Peanuts” comicstrip has been syndicated in 75 countries, and inspired television specials including “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” “Peanuts” features have included 1977’s “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”and 1972’s “Snoopy Come Home.”

Neil Cole negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iconix Brand Group, which formed Peanuts Worldwide in 2010 as part of a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

Fox Animation director of development Ralph Millero worked closely with prexy Vanessa Morrison to acquire rights for the pic.

“We have been working on this project for years,” said Craig Schulz. “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.”

CAA and Ziffren brokered the deal on behalf of the producers, Iconix and Peanuts Worldwide.

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