Billy Bob Thornton on ‘Bad Santa 2’: ‘We all want it to happen’

Sequel to the anti-Christmas favourite has been in the works since 2009

Billy Bob Thornton has given an update on the status of Bad Santa 2.

Thornton starred in the original Bad Santa film, which came out in 2003, 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 of this year (2013) it was reported that Entourage creator Doug Ellin had signed up to rewrite an existing Bad Santa 2 script and possibly direct as well. At the time, Thornton was said to be targeting a shoot this autumn (2013).

Since then, there has been no further news on the project, but Thornton insisted he is still keen in a new interview with Collider.”We all want it to happen,” he said. “It’s all logistics. That’s this business crap, with the rights here, and a person who thinks this, and this person wanting that kind of script. It’s just that stuff. They’re still working on it.”

However, Thornton also admitted there is no guarantee the sequel will make it into production, saying: “I think the mistake was that when they said they were gonna do it, we just said, ‘Yeah, we’re doing it.’ The fact of the matter is, we may be doing it. They are working on it. It could be the end of this coming year, or it could be next year, or never. That’s the real honest answer.”

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.