A Christmas Carol: Apple acquires Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds musical
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Apple has acquired Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds’ A Christmas Carol musical following a bidding war for the project.
The film, a reimaging of the Charles Dickens classic, will reunite Ferrell with Daddy’s Home team Sean Anders and John Morris who will write and produce the film. No studio is currently attached but the project is being pitched across Hollywood.
Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum will produce under their Gloria Sanchez banner with Reynolds and George Dewey producing via their Maximum Effort label. Anders and Morris will produce under their company Two Grown Men.
A Christmas Carol is the famous tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. There have been many feature adaptations of the story, including Bill Murray’s Scrooged, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Jim Carrey’s 2009 animated take from Robert Zemeckis, and the 1984 film starring Oscar winner George C. Scott.
Ferrell and Reynolds both previously appeared in the Richard Nixon/White House comedy Dick in 1999 but shared no scenes and haven’t properly collaborated ever. Reynolds can next be seen in Netflix’s 6 Underground and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard from Lionsgate, with Ferrell set to star in Netflix’s Eurovision feature film and Downhill, the Fox Searchlight remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure.
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic was first published in 1843 and has seen nearly two dozen film adaptations since the advent of the medium, starting in 1901 all the way through the Jim Carrey/Robert Zemeckis performance-capture version in 2009, with just as many done for television.
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