Speaking with Collider at SXSW in promotion of his latest film with Melissa McCarthy, Spy, Feig spoke a bit about what we can expect from The Peanuts Movie.
It’s very sweet. It’s totally a G-rated movie, because you can’t get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family’s fear, that me and Fox everybody were gonna come in and hip it up and cast Justin Bieber as Charlie Brown and have it like Space Jam or something. All of us were like, ‘No.’ We cast kids that sound exactly like the kids you remember from the specials. It’s very pure of heart.
So there you have it. Though diehard and misogynistic Ghostbusters fans have berated Feig for ruining their childhoods with an all-female cast, The Peanuts Movie seems to be in good shape. Don’t expect Michael Jordan — or, rather, the modern MJ equivalent, like LeBron James perhaps — or Bill Murray popping up to add some flair. But there is one thing we can all appreciate: it's now officially official that Justin Bieber won't be in this.
The Peanuts Movie will bring back Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang for a new CG adventure. According to the official plot synopsis, Charlie begins "an epic quest." Though his ultimate goal is still mystery, previous details reveal it’s something he’s sure he needs, even though he realizes that he’s doing just fine without it. Meanwhile, our beloved pal Snoopy will take to the skies as his World War I Flying Ace persona in an ultimate showdown against his arch-enemy, The Red Baron. We’ve already seen some of the action to come in the previous trailers, and fans of the original comic strip and subsequent animated installments will surely get a kick out of it.