Billy Bob Thornton planning return to directing

Actor will direct his first film in nine years

Billy Bob Thornton is planning to step behind the camera for the first time in almost a decade.

The last film the actor directed was 2001’s Daddy And Them.

Thornton told Deadline.com: “My old writing partner Tom Epperson and I just wrote another script, we haven’t written together in years, 15 maybe. And we’re hoping to get that made in the spring, that’s what we’re working on right now.”

He added that the project has “no title. Actually it does have a title, I may as well tell you, maybe it’ll intrigue people. It’s called Jayne Mansfield’s Car, and it’s a dandy if I do say so.”

The actor also said he wanted to make a sequel to his 2003 black comedy Bad Santa, in which he played alcoholic Santa Claus impersonator Willie.

Bad Santa‘s become like a classic Christmas movie,” he said. “People watch It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St and Bad Santa now – it’s sort of the box set.

“There’s been talk of making a sequel to it, which I actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.”