Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos made the announcement at CinemaCon on Thursday, unveiling a 3D image of Charlie Brown's
"This will forever change the face of animation," Gianopulos said. "Prepare to have your minds blown."
That pronouncement is sure to rouse excitement among the iconic comic's diehard fans, who've gone more than three decades without a "Peanuts" feature in theaters. (The last movie outing for the Peanuts gang was 1980's "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)") Schulz, who died in 2000, was notoriously hesitant to release the film rights to the long-running comic, but his heirs believe that his vision can now be properly carried out.
"We have been working on this project for years," said Craig Schulz, Charles's son and the president of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. "We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film."
Craig Schulz wrote the film with his son and Charles's grandson, Bryan Schulz. The film is slated to be directed by Steve Martino ("Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Horton Hears a Who"), who said that convincing the Schulz family to release the rights to the comic took two years.
"Peanuts 3D" is expected in theaters on November 15, 2015, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the comic's debut.