Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the cult comedy, looks set to be out of development hell.
Writer/director Doug Ellin told Collider that the follow-up to the subversive 2003 original starring Billy Bob Thornton is finally happening.
He said: “I’m supposed to do Bad Santa 2 in September.
“The exact status is we’re working on the [Bad Santa 2] script right now, and if we get it right, we’ll shoot in September or October. Billy Bob is back and good to go, and that’s the status.”
He added that Bad Santa 2 will “hopefully a similar tone to the first one”.
The first picture, which was directed by Terry Zwigoff, grossed an impressive $76.5 million from a $23 million budget.
The story centered on a refreshingly debauched Santa Claus impersonator, played by Oscar winner Thornton, and his battles with booze and loose woman. However despite being well received by audiences, Bad Santa 2 has been mired with problems, including losing Ghost World filmmaker Zwigoff.
But after Hot Tub Time Machine’s Steve Pink joined and then left the project, Entourage creator Ellin was brought on board in 2013 to write the screenplay, and was eventually tasked with directing the movie.
And by the sounds of it, we could be seeing Bad Santa 2 by December 2016. Stay tuned for more news, including story and casting developments.