Ryan Reynolds And Will Ferrell Are Apparently Starring In A Musical Reboot Of A Christmas Carol
You know those movie projects where you simply have to think 'how much money did they throw at them to get them to sign up to that?'
Well, this seems to be one of them.
In the latest of a long string of Hollywood reboots that no-one has really asked for, new reports emerging from Hollywood have begun suggesting that Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol is set to get a musical reboot, with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell as leads.
Straight away, the signs are pretty bad. The project will be helmed by Sean Anders and John Morris, who previously collaborated with the aforementioned Ferrell on the Daddy's Home movies. Now, they're set to bring an Americanised treatment to what is, ultimately, a classic British tale. Keep in mind, the last time Will Ferrell travelled to Victorian Britain, we ended up with the abomination that was Holmes & Watson.
"But wait," you might be thinking, "Ryan Reynolds is shit hot right now! He can save it!" Maybe. Reynolds has all the potential to bust out his comic chops to pull the adaptation from the brink of awfulness. But Reynolds, as Deadpool proved, is generally at his best and most charismatic when he's armed with a script to suit. He also hasn't done a straight up musical comedy for a long time either.
So — a (most likely) rubbish script, one comedic talent who's in the midst of a sting of fat L's, one who's going to have a seriously tough time pulling the movie over the finish line, and yet another American adaptation of a British story. Fantastic.
Now in fairness, the tale of Scrooge and Marley has been retold successfully before. Bill Murray's Scrooged put a great twist on the tale back in the '80s, and it's possible that the latest adaptation will go down the same route. We can only hope so. If, instead, we get Will Ferrell running around recreating A Muppet Christmas Carol for 90 minutes, it'll be excruciating.
You can most likely pen the Reynolds/Ferrell Christmas tale in for either the 2020 or 2021 holiday season, but a major hurdle for the film also lies in the fact that another adaptation of A Christmas Carol is set to drop at the end of this year. This one is in much safer hands — it's been penned for the BBC by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and is set to star Tom Hardy.