‘Bad Santa 2’ could shoot this autumn, says writer-director Doug Ellin

Billy Bob Thornton is 'back and good to go', Ellin says

The long-awaited sequel to Bad Santa could shoot this autumn, says its writer-director.

Released in 2003, the original Bad Santa starred Billy Bob Thornton as 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 in May 2013 Entourage creator Doug Ellin signed up to rewrite an an existing Bad Santa 2 script and potentially direct the film as well. However, since then progress appears to have stalled.

Asked for an update by Collider, Ellin – who is now promoting next month’s Entourage movie – replied: “The exact status is we’re working on the script right now, and if we get it right, we’ll shoot in September or October.” Ellin also confirmed that Thornton is “back and good to go” and reassured fans that the sequel will have “hopefully a similar tone to the first one”.

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Thornton’s co-stars in the original Bad Santa included Bernie Mac and John Ritter, both of whom have sadly passed away since its release.