Doug Ellin to Rewrite and Potentially Direct Bad Santa 2

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Doug Ellin, best known for creating the HBO series “Entourage,” is the latest name to come aboard Bad Santa 2, again starring Billy Bob Thorton. Deadline reports that Ellin will rewrite the current screenplay and is in line to potentially direct as well.

The Terry Zwigoff-directed original co-starred the late Bernie Mac and John Ritter, as well as Lauren Tom, Lauren Graham and Tony Cox. The dark comedy was made for about $23 million and earned $76.5 million at the worldwide box office.

Although Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was said to be eyeing the sequel last year, it appears that he is no longer attached to the project.

Bad Santa 2 is targeting this fall to begin production.

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