Charlie Brown and his Peanuts pals are coming to the big-screen.
Charles Schulz’ beloved characters will star in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015. That year marks 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.
The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by 20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios animation unit.
Schulz’ son Craig and grandson Bryan co-wrote the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and the three also are producing the film.
Steve Martino, co-director of Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age: Continental Drift, will direct the Peanuts film.
Louis C.K. delays return of FX comedy
FX network says it’s delaying the return of its hit comedy Louie until spring 2014.
The network said Tuesday it had granted the request by the series’ Emmy-winning star, Louis C.K., for what he called a little breathing room. Along with performing in the show, he serves as producer, writer and editor, and also created it.
Louie recently concluded its third season. Until the extended hiatus was announced, its return for a fourth season was expected next summer.
But Louis C.K. won’t be idle in the meantime. This fall, he’s continuing a live standup tour.
Marvel stories hit ‘refresh button’
It’s not a reboot or relaunch. Marvel Comics’ editor in chief Axel Alonso says the new NOW! initiative instead aims to recharge the publisher’s heroes and villains.
That effort begins today with the debut of Uncanny Avengers No. 1, the first of 13 new titles through March 2013 that aims to hit the refresh button for many of the Marvel universe’s characters and provide what Alonso calls a new entry point for readers – first-timers and long-timers – to characters they’ve grown up with in comics or embraced in recent big-screen films.
Deadline owners snap up Variety
Penske Media Corp., the owner of the snarky entertainment website Deadline, has purchased venerable show business publication Variety for $25 million.
Reed Elsevier Group PLC announced its sale of the publication on Tuesday.
Variety has covered Hollywood since 1905 and is still considered a prominent entertainment news source. But publication has struggled to compete with websites such as Deadline and The Wrap while continuing its longtime rivalry with The Hollywood Reporter, which was revamped in 2010 under new ownership.
Variety was the last of Reed’s U.S. print publications.