After years of wishing in one hand and shitting in the other, it appears that we may finally be on the verge of getting that Bad Santa sequel we’ve always wanted. A follow-up to the Terry Zwigoff-directed holiday classic has apparently been in development since 2009 with the script bouncing between several different writers over the years. Now this week we are hearing that the project is officially moving forward and Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to reprise his role. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are partnering to co-finance and co-produce the film while Broad Green will distribute. Broad Green Pictures CEO Gabriel Hammond and CCO Daniel Hammond had this to say about the announcement:
“Bad Santa has been a part of our family holiday tradition ever since we all saw it together at our neighborhood theater… We are excited to bring this memorable character and new chapter back to the big screen.”
Last we heard, Doug Ellin (Entourage) had been hired to rewrite the script by Johnny Rosenthal (Iron Jack) and John Phillips (Dirty Grandpa). At the time, they were also interested in having Ellin direct as well, replacing Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) who was previously attached. There is currently no word on who will actually be directing, but sadly it seems like the chances of getting Zwigoff back are pretty slim. Are you looking forward to Bad Santa 2?