Billy Bob Thornton is on board for the sequel and Ellin could direct it too
Entourage creator Doug Ellin has signed up to rewrite Bad Santa 2 – and could direct the long-awaited sequel too.
Released in 2003, the original Bad Santa starred Billy Bob Thornton as Willie Stokes, an alcoholic conman who poses as a shopping centre Santa Claus in order to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. Filled with sex, swearing and general misery, the black comedy has become something of an anti-Christmas favourite.
A sequel has been in the works since 2009 and Thornton is on board to reprise his role as Stokes. According to Deadline, the film has an existing script by rookie screenwriter Johnny Rosenthal and Ellin has already begun work on his rewrite.
Thornton reportedly wants to shoot Bad Santa 2 this autumn after he completes his latest film London Fields. Ellin could potentially step in as director depending on his availability: earlier this year he completed his script for a full-length Entourage movie, which has been given a green light by Warner Bros, and is waiting to hear when he’ll start shooting it.
Thornton’s co-stars in the original Bad Santa included Bernie Mac and John Ritter, both of whom have passed away since its release.