Santa Claus Getting Serious with Revisionist 'Winter's Knight' at Sony
After a bidding war between Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, it's the latter studio that has come out on top to pick up a spec script called Winter's Knight. Following in the footsteps of recent revisionist fairytales like Snow White and the Huntsman or developing historical adventures around figures like Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci, the film would tell the origin of Saint Nicholas and Christmas, by way of a Viking-esque tale written by newcomers Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton. The deal at Sony also included Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, who will also do Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
For those interested in more, the film is based on the 1902 book The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum. Apparently the final deal took some convincing from Michael De Luca, who is eager to bring in the next generation of filmmakers. De Luca did the same thing at New Line with names like David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson, who are now some of the biggest names in the business. Now Deadline says Sony just has to wait and see if Ronning and Sandberg will do Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean sequel before the end of the year and after shooting Netflix's "Marco Polo" adventure series for The Weinstein Company. Stay tuned to see how this plays out. Are you interested?