Billy Bob Thornton is set to reprise his Willie Soke role as Bad Santa 2 announces that production will begin this January
Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced today that Billy Bob Thornton (The Man Who Wasn’t There, Sling Blade) is officially set to reprise his Bad Santa role as Willie Soke for the long-discussed Bad Santa 2! Geyer Kosinski (The Astronaut Farmer, “Fargo”) will produce the follow-up to the raucous 2003 comedy hit.
Miramax is partnering with Broad Green Pictures to co-finance and co-produce Bad Santa 2. Broad Green will distribute the film theatrically in the U.S. during the 2016 holiday season. Sierra/Affinity will then handle foreign sales with sales starting at the upcoming American Film Market (November 4-11, 2015).
“We’ve been waiting far too long to see Billy Bob’s Willie Soke mess with the holiday season in his own unique way,” said Zanne Devine, Miramax’s EVP of Film & TV. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Billy Bob, the entire creative and producing team, and Broad Green and Sierra/Affinity to bring back the outrageous humor and characters that made this movie brand iconic in the first place.”
“Bad Santa has been a part of our family holiday tradition ever since we all saw it together at our neighborhood theatre,” said Broad Green Pictures CEO Gabriel Hammond and CCO Daniel Hammond. “We are excited to bring this memorable character and new chapter back to the big screen.”
David Thwaites will oversee the project for Miramax and Victor Moyers for Broad Green Pictures. Principal photography will commence in January 2016 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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