Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are the latest to tackle the perennial classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ based on the classic Charles Dickens story about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in an effort to change his cruel ways. This classic holiday tale has been interpreted countless times on stage, television, and in movies, in live-action, animation, and even puppetry and stop-motion animation (in the 2009 version, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring Jim Carrey).
John Morris is set to direct, with a script by Sean Anders, the duo that previously worked with Ferrell on the two ‘Daddy’s Home’ movies. After a bidding war, Apple landed the rights to this project for its new Apple TV+ streaming service. When this service was first announced, it seemed as though Apple wasn’t really trying to get into the thick of the streaming wars with titans like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, but times have changed and Apple is now coming out swinging. This all-star holiday film could be a huge boon to help attract more subscribers.
What is unusual is that this ‘Christmas Carol’ will be a musical. Neither Ferrell nor Reynolds is known to be a strong vocalist, so it should be interesting to see how this turns out. So far only these two headliners have been announced as part of the cast, so maybe they will bring in more experienced singers to co-star.
Ferrell is producing, along with Jessica Elbaum through their Gloria Sanchez label, and Reynolds is also producing with George Dewey via their Maximum Effort banner. Morris and Anders are also producers.
One of the most popular modern(ish) interpretations of ‘A Christmas Carol’, was the 1988 comedy ‘Scrooged’ directed by Richard Donner, starring Bill Murray. In June, Kevin Hart announced plans to produce and star in a remake of that film. Will we see dueling ‘Christmas Carols’ between that picture and Reynolds and Ferrell’s version?
Ferrell has two movies completed, the comedy ‘Eurovision’ and drama ‘Downhill’. Reynolds will be seen in December’s Netflix original movie ‘6 Underground’ directed by Michael Bay.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter