Moviegoers react to ‘A Christmas Story’ sequel announcement
- Warner Bros. announced that a sequel to the 1983 one A Christmas Story is under construction.
- Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the original film, will star in the sequel.
- Production on the project is expected to begin in February.
While the holiday season may be over for most people, Christmas never sleeps in Hollywood, as Warner Bros. announced Thursday night that a sequel to the beloved film A Christmas story is under construction.
The film will be called A Christmas Story Christmas and will be released on HBO Max. The project is set to be directed by Clay Kaytis, who helmed the hit The Christmas Chronicles for Netflix in 2018. Kaytis also has a long history as an animator, having worked on 2013 Frozen and realized 2016 The Angry Birds Movie. Production on A Christmas Story Christmas will begin in February.
While the original film followed Ralphie, a nine-year-old boy who desperately wanted a Red Ryder BB gun and was set in 1940, the new story will be set in the 1970s and will see an adult Ralphie returning to his home on Cleveland Street to deliver his children a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up.
The studio hopes to recreate the same real-life tone of the first film to show the now-father reconnecting with his childhood friends, reconciling the passing of his old man, and reminiscing about the original film. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
Following the announcement, moviegoers took to Twitter to react to reports that one of the most beloved modern Christmas movies is getting a following:
Technically, this will be the third sequel to A Christmas Story. There are several timelines that you see. A Ralphie-Verse if you will. pic.twitter.com/a8POKPpAxg
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) January 20, 2022
Oh that warms my heart. As many. A Christmas Story will never be completely and completely A Christmas Story without Bob Clark and Jean Shepherd, but bringing Peter Billingsley back is a damn good start. I love this approach and had been hoping for exactly that for a long time. https://t.co/CkqCfDk56w
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) January 21, 2022
Wasn’t there already A Christmas Story 2 and it was missed?! 😶
IDK why it’s necessary… but OG Ralphie will be in it?! 🤔 pic.twitter.com/iGG410qFfW
— 𝕄𝕖𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕒 🖤 (@melissax1125) January 21, 2022
A Christmas Story functions as a stand-alone film. He doesn’t need a sequel. There were sequels, they suck. Idc if the original actor comes back it doesn’t guarantee the quality https://t.co/uzx3LtkRQy
— Dream big✨ (@dream_big2015) January 21, 2022
Although a release date has not been confirmed, given that production is expected to begin in February, it is possible that A Christmas Story Christmas is set to release for the 2022 holiday season.
the original A Christmas story was theatrically released in the United States on November 18, 1983, and has since become an immortalized Christmas classic. In addition to Billingsley’s return, A Christmas Story also starred Jean Shepherd, Ian Petrella, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, RD Robb, Zack Ward and Tedde Moore.
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