Up until 2003, the film “A Christmas Story” held the honors as one of the best Christmas films ever made. Then, actor Billy Bob Thornton put a different spin on the holiday and starred in the dark and acerbic comedy “Bad Santa.” “Bad Santa” was not your ordinary feel good Christmas movie. It showed the shadier side of the human condition and Thornton depicted Santa Claus in a whole new light. This interpretation of Santa was a miserable, womanizing, mean spirited, suicidal, alcoholic safecracker. He worked seasonally on the department store circuit dressed as Jolly ole Saint Nick with his elfin accomplice Marcus. Putting their time in up until Christmas Eve, they would crack the safe and rob the place. What a score!
Presently, The Weinstein Company is set to bring Billy Bob Thornton back in “Bad Santa 2.” At the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival last year, Thornton let it slip that he would like to reprise his role from the 2003 smash hit. Now, it looks like things have been put in motion for a definitive deal sooner rather than later. “Bad Santa 2” is part of a multi-picture partnership between The Weinstein Company and Disney’s Miramax. Sequels to “Swingers” and “Rounders” are currently on the drawing board as well.
No writer or director has been tapped for the second installment of “Bad Santa.” It is not clear at this time if “Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff will return to helm the project.
“Bad Santa” stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, Lauren Tom, Ajay Naidu, and John Ritter. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by Terry Zwigoff.
Source: The Wrap