Billy Bob Thorton Out of Loop About Bad Santa Sequel; Two Scripts in the Works
08.08.11 by Chris
As we've seen this summer, raunchy rated-R comedies are hit (The Bridesmaids) and miss (The Change-Up). That's why fans are clamoring for a sequel to Bad Santa — when it comes to raunchy comedies, the 2003 holiday classic, ranks among the best.
In March, The Weinstein Company announced plans to a sequel. And last month, it was reported that two separate scripts are in the works.
Apparently though, we know more about plans for a sequel than Bad Santa, himself, Billy Bob Thorton. TMZ caught up with Saint Nick himself, who apparently "didn't know much" about the sequel.
But fans shouldn't fret too much, yet. In November, Thornton said he wanted to reprise the character.
Bad Santa's become like a classic Christmas movie. People watch It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St. and Bad Santa now is sort of the box set. And there's been talk of making a sequel to it, which I actually would like to do. I've never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.
Maybe Mr. Thorton just missed the memo.
According to The L.A. Times two scripts are currently in the words, one by Dimension Films and another by the movie's producers. Johnny Rosenthal, a writer working on one script, is relatively new to Hollywood (he sold a script to Song — Iron Jack — but the movie has been stuck in development) and the other, John Phillips, recently sold a script called Dirty Grandpa to Universal.
So given the recent dodgy record of rated-R comedies, is a second Bad Santa a good idea? (Remember, everyone thought The Hangover Part II was a good idea).