Though he’s best known for giving women their own hard R franchises with this hilarious ‘Bridesmaids’ and this Summer’s ‘The Heat,’ there is apparently a softer side to former ‘Freak’ and/or ‘Geek’ Paul Feig. The in demand director, currently overseeing another pairing with star Melissa McCarthy (a spy comedy called ‘Susan Cooper, ‘allegedly co-starring…Jason Statham???) has signed up to help produce the upcoming adaptation of Charles Schultz’s beloved comic strip ‘Peanuts.’ While many of us remember the classic ’60s and ’70s TV specials, their simplistic hand drawn delights still making us marvel some 40-plus years later, this latest update will be – you guessed it – 3D CGI (groan…).
Indeed, fans have been fussing about this decision ever since Schultz’s son Craig announced the project a few months ago. While the 2015 offering is still in its primary stages, some also fear the influence of director Steve Martino. After all, look what he did to Dr. Seuss and ‘Horton Hears a Who.’ Okay, okay, so it’s not as bad as the other film Martino has made, ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ – and this is what lovers of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the gang fear most: a modernizing of the characters with random pop culture references and even more haphazard stunt voice casting. In Feig’s case, there’s always a case of explosive diarrhea to worry about as well.
Of course, everyone involved assures us this won’t happen. In the Deadline.com exclusive, Feig said, “Growing up, ‘Peanuts‘ was my ‘Star Wars.’ Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything in my career, especially ‘Freaks And Geeks.’” Schultz added, “As we continue on our creative journey to bring my father’s characters to life, collaborating with a talent like Paul is a great step forward. Knowing how ‘Peanuts,’ especially Charlie Brown’s never-give-up-attitude, has influenced him throughout his life makes this partnership even more meaningful.” As long as Lucy doesn’t mimic Dr. Phil and everyone’s favorite Beagle avoids twerking, we should be okay…hopefully.