'Entourage' Creator Rewriting and Possibly Directing 'Bad Santa 2'
by Ethan Anderton
May 30, 2013
Last summer Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hired to direct the long-gestating Bad Santa 2, a sequel to the raunchy 2003 holiday comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton. At the time we hadn't heard which of two scripts written independently by Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips was chosen to get the greenlight. Well, Deadline has word that the initial script comes from Rosenthal, but now "Entourage" series creator Doug Ellin has been hired to rewrite the script for Miramax, and depending on how the project comes together after he's done writing, there's a chance he may also end up in the director's chair. Read on!
The one snag is that Warner Bros. has already given a greenlight to Ellin's film adaptation of his show business centric series that originated in HBO, but he's still waiting to see when they're going to let him direct it. Thornton is ready to make the film this fall after he's done shooting London Fields this fall with Amber Heard. That means the film likely wouldn't arrive until the holiday season in 2014. Hopefully the long wait for the sequel, which will be over 10 years when all is said and done, is worth it. Unfortunately, comedy sequels always have an uphill battle, and it might not feel the same without the late Bernie Mac and John Ritter. Maybe it's time fans got their excitement in check. Anyone still want Bad Santa 2?