The Christmas favorite has been a cult classic for 40 years!
It looks like fans of the 1983 holiday classic, A Christmas Story, are getting a sequel with Peter Billingsley reprising his role as Ralphie. Legendary and Warner Bros. have closed a deal for the original star to feature in and produce the movie for HBO Max, reports EW. The film was set in 1940 and followed the story of a nine-year-old boy who wants a Red Ryder BB rifle. The sequel will involve an adult Ralphie (Billingsley) in the 1970s. The protagonist can be seen returning to the house on Cleveland Street to deliver his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up. With similar themes to the first movie, Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends and reconciles the passing of his Old Man. Despite being a box office failure when it first premiered, the original has gone on to become a holiday classic, even 40 years later!
‘A Christmas Story’ Sequel In The Works At Legendary And Warner Bros. With Peter Billingsley Set To Reprise Ralphie Role https://t.co/bhnhEHUJZo— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) January 20, 2022
Script writer Nick Schenk (Cry Macho, The Mule) who wrote the original script will also executive produce the sequel, and Christmas Chronicles director Clay Kaytis will direct the sequel. Billingsley, who has had a successful stint behind the lens, and Vince Vaughn will produce through their Wild West Picture Show Productions. Cale Boyter and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary. The former child star has directed films such as Couples Retreat and also produced the three-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical A Christmas Story the Musical. He also produced Dinner For Five, which received an Emmy nomination.
'A Christmas Story' is getting a sequel on HBO Max 🎁— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 20, 2022
Peter Billingsley is set to reprise the role of Ralphie as an adult returning to his old home with his kids for Christmas
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A Christmas story is adapted by Jean Shepherd from his 1966 novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Back in 2018, during an interview with Variety to commemorate the 35th anniversary of A Christmas Story, Billingsley praised the film’s director, the late Bob Clark, for inspiring him to work behind the camera. “He was absolutely encouraging and supportive,” Billingsley said. “I would visit him on sets. We would talk and play golf together.” He also recalled how the director was “very prepared” when production began. “He had a real specific vision. Jean was involved. This adaptation was a collaboration that had taken them over 10 years to get this movie made. It was such a challenge to get off the ground because it’s an odd movie probably on paper.”
‘A Christmas Story’ Sequel Set With Original Star Peter Billingsley https://t.co/7DCyVtBKIs— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 20, 2022
Billingsley also recalled one of the toughest scenes to shoot: when Ralphie goes outside with his BB gun. The actor was 11 years old at the time. “It was cold,” he pointed out. “It was Cleveland, it was freezing, and I was in pajamas. That house was just a shell. There was really nothing in it. They had space heaters, so we’d do a take until I started shivering and then we’d run in, warm up in front of the heaters, and run back and do another take.”