'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Writer & Director Believes 'Santa Is Real'
After making his directorial debut by adapting his own book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the multi-talented Stephen Chbosky is heading into different territory with the inspiring tale Santa is Real. The film is based on a forthcoming book by Charles E. Hall & Bret Witter called Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, the true story of Hall, an actor who plays Santa Claus in Radio City's world-famous Christmas Spectacular. What makes the story so incredible is that hall was a struggling actor just trying to save his career, but more importantly, landing the role actually saved his life.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Every year, over a million people attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, where they have the pleasure of seeing Charles Edward Hall don a traditional red suit and become the world's most famous Santa Claus—a role he has played for twenty-seven straight years.
But Hall wasn’t always such a jolly old soul. Believe it or not, this Santa was once a Scrooge. For the first time, Charles tells the inspiring story of his own transformation, from a wide-eyed child who once caught a glimpse of Santa through a frosty windowpane, to a young man who lost his faith in jolly old Saint Nick.
It wasn’t until fate intervened, in the form of an unexpected role, a stage malfunction, and hundreds of letters from children, that Charles rediscovered his Christmas spirit. Ultimately, he realized Radio City was his life’s work, and that Santa isn’t just a role. He lives in the hearts of the millions who attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and everyone who embraces the Christmas spirit.
Santa Claus, in other words, is real. When Charles needed him most, Santa was there, with kind words and a special gift. As this delightful true-life fable proves, he is there for everyone. All it takes is a good heart, an honest joy, and a belief in the magic of Christmas.
Chbosky will direct the film, but THR says writing duties will be handled by Larry Stuckey (Meet the Fockers). This will be remarkably different territory for Chbosky, because this is said to be a musical family film from New Regency and Walden Media, but it seems like it's he has a passion for these kind of films since he's also writing the new Beauty and the Beast at Disney. The book will be published next week, giving plenty of time for people to learn the story and become acquainted with Hall before a movie is made. We're just hoping it's not like a big screen Hallmark movie, and Chbosky actually brings some of the raw, genuine drama that he put into his seminal book and film adaptation.