AceShowbiz - Legendary and Warner Bros. have good news for "A Christmas Story" fans. It was reported that the two companies are gearing up to make a sequel of the 1983 holiday classic with its original star Peter Billingsley reprising his role as Ralphie.
In addition to starring in the upcoming film, which will premiere on HBO Max, Peter reportedly serves as producer along with his partner Vince Vaughn through their Wild West Picture Show Productions. As for the script, it was written by Nick Schenk.
Nick, who is behind "The Mule" and "Cry Macho", will also executive produce. "The Christmas Chronicles" director Clay Kaytis, meanwhile, will helm the project. Deadline reported that its production is set to begin at the end of February in Bulgaria.
The publication also noted that Julie Hagerty, who appeared in the "Airplane" film series and "What About Bob?", will star as Peter's mother. However, the actress has yet to confirm the report.
The original movie, which is set in 1940, tells how much nine-year-old Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB rifle as his Christmas gift. "The sequel will follow an adult version of the character in the 1970s, who returns to the house on Cleveland Street to deliver his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up," according to Deadline.
"With the same attention to real-life tone as the original, Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends, reconciles the passing of his Old Man and sews the seeds for the origins of the beloved holiday classic," the publication added.
Following his breakout role as Ralphie, Peter pursued his career behind the camera. He directed movies such as "Couples Retreat", producing the three-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical "A Christmas Story the Musical", as well as producing Jon Favreau's culinary-themed acting talk show "Dinner for Five", which received an Emmy nomination.