Charlie Brown and Snoopy to star in new ‘Peanuts’ movie

It's being made by the team behind 'Ice Age' and will hit cinemas in November 2015

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts crew are to appear in a new animated movie.

The screen rights to the classic comic strip have been acquired by 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the team behind Rio and the Ice Age movies. The new Peanuts film has been scheduled for release on November 25, 2015 – a date that commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip.

Written and illustrated by the late Charles Schulz, Peanuts ran for over 17,000 original comic strips between 1950 and 2000, with the last one running the day after Schulz passed away. The franchise has already spawned four previous animated films and countless TV cartoons, as well as spin-off albums, video games and theme park rides.

The new Peanuts movie will be directed by Steve Martino, who helmed this year’s Ice Age: Continental Drift. The script has been written by Cornelius Uliano with Craig and Bryan Schulz, the late author’s son and grandson.

According to Deadline, the Schulz family spent two years negotiating the deal with Fox, which wants to turn Peanuts into a long-running film franchise. Craig and Bryan Schulz will also serve as producers on the new movie.

Craig Schulz said in a statement: “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 honour of my father.”