Paramount and Walden Media Ramp Up 'The Flight Before Christmas'
It seems like every summer we bemoan the death of original ideas in Hollywood, but films set around the winter holidays are rife with concepts that studios will continue to mine until the end of filmmaking as we know it. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures and Walden Media (the company behind the Chronicles of Narnia films) are looking to return to that well of ideas yet again for another holiday-based comedy, this one called The Flight Before Christmas. The idea was hatched by Walden executive Evan Turner, and will follow a family as they deal with the flight from hell on Christmas Eve. Sounds scarier than snakes.
No actors are attached yet, but the studios have already hired Jamie Linden to write and direct the project. Linden wrote and directed the upcoming ensemble comedy 10 Years, and also wrote and produced We Are Marshall and the Channing Tatum hit Dear John. It's tough to judge The Flight Before Christmas on a premise that's so generic, but it sounds like Linden has a good working relationship with Tatum (who also stars in 10 Years), so perhaps we'll see the Magic Mike star attached to this holiday flick when all is said and done. Will The Flight Before Christmas stand the test of time alongside classics like Christmas Vacation, or will it fall flat like Christmas with the Kranks? We'll have to wait and find out.