Joel McHale, Heidecker & More Witness 'A Friggin' Christmas Miracle'
It's been a few years since a truly memorable Christmas movie hit theaters. (I'd argue 2003's Elf was the last great one.) There have been a few comedies mixed in recently - Harold & Kumar's third adventure comes to mind - but it's tough to make a modern Christmas film that works. That's not stopping more filmmakers from trying though, and there's a new project on the horizon that sounds pretty promising. It's called A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, and it stars Robin Williams and Joel McHale as father and son. Plus, The Wrap reports Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) and others have also signed on.
The story, written by Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Phil Johnston, follows a family man named Boyd (Joel McHale) who takes his wife (Lauren Graham) and son (Looper star Pierce Gagnon) to visit his family for Christmas. When they arrive, he realizes he's left his son's presents at home, so he grabs his father (Robin Williams) and brother to attempt to save the holiday. Bridesmaids star Wendi McLonden-Covey will play Boyd's sister, a mother of three who still breast-feeds her four-year-old child, while Heidecker will play her truck-driving husband Dave. Amara Miller (Shailene Woodley's younger sister in The Descendants), Ryan Lee (Super 8 and This is 40), and Bebe Wood ("The New Normal") round out the cast as the younger members of the family.
Tristram Shapeero, who has directed multiple episodes of TV series like "Happy Endings," "Community," "Parks and Recreation," and "New Girl," will be making his feature directorial debut on this film, which is being produced by Tom Rice and "Community" producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who will also be directing the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We just saw successful TV director Don Scardino jump to the big screen with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone to underwhelming results, so let's hope Shapeero has better luck. No official release date is set yet, but shooting begins soon in Atlanta.