Saban Films acquires Mel Gibson-led Santa Claus comedy Fatman
After wrapping production in Canada earlier this year, the darkly comedic take on Santa Claus Fatman starring Mel Gibson in the lead role alongside Walton Goggins (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Homecoming) has been acquired by Saban Films, according to Variety.
Fatman centers on a neglected and precocious 12-year-old who hires an unorthodox hitman to kill Santa Claus (Gibson) after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. Goggins will play Skinnyman, the eccentric, sharp-shooting hitman who works at a toy store.
“This is our second collaboration with the Nelms brothers, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring another unique, thrilling movie of theirs to our audiences,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said in a statement. “Eshom and Ian are a talented duo, and we were hooked from script stage. This one is a fun ride.”
The movie is written and directed by the Nelms Brothers (Small Town Crime), Eshom and Ian Nelms. Rough House Pictures is producing along with Todd Courtney of Mammoth Entertainment with Mammoth now set to finance. Rough House’s Brandon James, Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros, Skywolf’s Lisa Wolofsky, Michelle Lang, and Robert Menzies are also producing.
Rough House partners Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody serve as executive producers.