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American Horror Story star Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the upcoming comedy sequel Bad Santa 2, where she is set to play Sunny Soke, “the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom” to Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke.
Bad Santa 2 is being directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) from a script by Entourage creator Doug Ellin along with Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox (Marcus) and Brett Kelly (Thurman Merman) are also set to reprise their roles from the original movie.
Filming on Bad Santa 2 is set to get underway in January 2016.
- Gary Collinson
After several years of development, The Weinstein Company is finally moving forward with Bad Santa 2, and now the cast is coming together. The Wrap is reporting that Kathy Bates has signed on to portray the mother of Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Soke in the upcoming comedy sequel. No details have been released about her character, or how she fits into the story at this point.
We reported last month that Bad Santa 2 will hit theaters in 2016, with production scheduled to begin this January in Montreal. Very little is known about the story at this point, but Kathy Bates' character is described as a "foul-mouthed" woman. The Wrap also reports that original Bad Santa stars Tony Cox and Brett Kelly will reprise their roles, but it isn't known if Lauren Graham or Lauren Tom will be back for this follow-up.
Misery star Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the soon-to-start-production Bad Santa 2 opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Who’s she playing? Well, none other than Sunny Soke, the mother of Thornton’s Willie Soke.
We don’t know too much more than that because the plot is being kept under wraps, but we do know that Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is directing and it will be release next holiday season – as in a year from now.
The original Bad Santa was released to acclaim all of the way back in 2003.
- Paul Heath
Bates will play Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom to Billy Bob Thornton's titular mall-Santa scoundrel Willie Soke. Thornton starred in the 2003 original and reprises his role here. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly from the original will also return.
Mark Waters will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross. Geyer Kosinski and Andrew Gunn will produce. Filming begins January in Montreal ahead of a late 2016 release.
Source: Miramax »
- Garth Franklin
With Mean Girls director Mark Waters instated at the helm, America Horror Story alum Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Bad Santa 2 as Sunny Soke, the no-nonsense mother to Billy Bob Thornton’s sleazy mall santa, Willie Soke.
Setting up shop at Miramax with financing help from Broad Green Pictures, the studios’ long-in-development sequel to 2003’s dark cult comedy is primed to leap in front of the cameras at the beginning of 2016, eyeing up that all-important festive window in little over a year’s time.
Reprising his title role as the con artist, Thornton returns as the borderline-alcoholic Willie for another round of R-rated festivities. Details on the plot are, as you would imagine, thin on the frosty ground, and all we know is that Thornton will suit up once again as the mall-robbing crook. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are also on board for the sequel though, »
- Michael Briers
Miramax and Broad Green are co-financing and co-producing with Broad Green handling U.S. theatrical distribution during the 2016 holiday season. Principal photography will commence in January in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million domestically on a budget of $23 million. Thornton, who came on the project on Oct. »
- Dave McNary
Kathy Bates is set to play Billy Bob Thornton‘s foul-mouthed mother in “Bad Santa 2,” TheWrap has learned. “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct the sequel, which was written by “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are reprising their roles, though plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut (Exclusive) “Bad Santa 2” will be co-financed by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures, with the latter company handling its release next year. Production will start in January in Montreal. »
- Jeff Sneider
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing that Miramax has recruited the Mean Girls filmmaker to take the reins of the edgy comedy sequel, which is now on course to hit theaters in time for Christmas 2016. A good thing, too, with the Patrick Stewart-led ensemble comedy Christmas Eve, Krampus, The Night Before and Love the Coopers all muscling for the lion’s share of the festive box office pie this year.
As for Bad Santa 2, Thornton is in line to reprise his role as the curmudgeonly Willie Soke when the cameras begin rolling in January, where he will be joined by the old faces of Tony Cox and Brett Kelly. Waters will be working from a script by Johnny Rosenthal, »
- Michael Briers
Bad Santa was one of those great dark comedies whose legacy lives on. It took its title, and its premise, and totally delivered on it. As it stands, it probably doesn't need a sequel. It can live on as its own nasty treat, and a piece of ideal counter-programming, for the holidays. But that hasn't stopped Broad Green Pictures from putting together a follow-up. Billy Bob Thornton has agreed to return, as have original cast members Tony Cox and Brett Kelly. The newest piece of the puzzle fell into place recently when it was announced that the film had found its director.
Mark Waters, perhaps best known for his two Lindsay Lohan collaborations, Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, has been tapped to shepherd Bad Santa back to the big screen. The project is being fast-tracked, with the hope that it will be released during next year's holiday season. As such, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Mark Waters ("Mean Girls") has come onboard to direct the "Bad Santa" sequel at Broad Green Pictures and Miramax, the news following word on Friday that Billy Bob Thornton is set to reprise his role in the followup to the 2003 pitch black holiday comedy.
The original starred Thornton as an alcoholic, sex-addicted, professional thief who disguises himself as a department store Santa Claus in order to rob shopping malls blind at night.
A female lead is being sought and if all goes well the film will be out arond the year-end holidays next year. »
- Garth Franklin
Miramax and Broad Street Pictures are finally getting the ball rolling on Bad Santa 2, as the studios have just found the film’s director and finalized deals with two original cast members from 2003’s Bad Santa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mean Girls director Mark Waters is officially on board for the sequel, while Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, who played Marcus and Thurman Merman in Bad Santa, will reprise their roles alongside Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie.
In addition to Mean Girls, Waters has directed a wide array of films aimed at both children and teens, including Freaky Friday, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Vampire Academy. Bad Santa was a rather raunchy R-rated comedy, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the shift in target audience.
While Bad Santa was by no means a box office blockbuster, it did end up making over three times its budget, »
- Justin Cook
Sierra/Affinity will handle foreign sales with starting at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Wednesday. Principal photography will commence in January in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million domestically on a budget of $23 million. Thornton, who came on to the project last week, was seen on season one of FX’s “Fargo” and appears in Warner Bros.’ “Our Brand is Crisis.”
- Dave McNary
Mean Girls director Mark Waters has been set to direct Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the 2003 comedy that is now in the works after Miramax and Broad Green Pictures agreed to co-finance and co-produce the dark comedy. Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are returning the original cast . Principal photography starts in January in Montreal on the script from Doug Ellin, Shauna Cross, John Phillips and Johnny Rosenthal. Sierra/Affinity is repping international rights… »
“Mean Girls” director Mark Waters has signed on to direct “Bad Santa 2,” which sees the return of Billy Bob Thornton and his original co-stars Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are co-financing the sequel, which the latter company will distribute in U.S. theaters during the 2016 holiday season. The script will be credited to “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, as well as Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Billy Bob Thornton Returns for 'Bad Santa 2'; Miramax, »
- Jeff Sneider
Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in a film adaptation of Liane Moriarty's best-selling book "What Alice Forgot" for TriStar Pictures. Shauna Cross ("If I Stay") penned the latest draft of the film's script.
Aniston would play a 40-year-old who suffers head trauma and awakens believing that she is still 25 and that her life is far better than it actually is. [Source: THR]
Schrader and Matt Wilder adapted the script about a trio of ex-cons, deep in the underbelly of Los Angeles, who are hired for a kidnapping. When the botched abduction goes awry and gets completely out of control, the cons find themselves on the run. Nicolas Cage serves as the leading cast member. »
- Garth Franklin
The long-awaited follow-up to the foul-mouthed 2003 dark comedy has officially gotten the green light, and will once again feature Thornton as Willie, a curmudgeonly conman and part-time mall Santa who schemes to rob department stores on Christmas Eve along with his elf sidekick (Tony Cox). The duo is thwarted thanks to a lonesome kid (Brett Kelly) who takes an interest in Willie, and a suspicious mall cop (Bernie Mac); Lauren Graham also co-stars as a bartender with a Santa fetish.
Deadline reports that the sequel has been in the works since 2012, and director Steve Pink was attached to helm at that time. It's not clear yet if Pink is still in the cards, or if »
- Katie Roberts
Friends star Aniston's character will suffer amnesia in the adaptation of Liane Moriarty's best-selling book.
Following a bang on the head at the gym, 40-year-old Alice wakes up thinking she's 25 and pregnant with her first child, but instead she's a mother of three who is about to get divorced and her life is completely different.
You might want to skip this Christmas, because Bad Santa 2 is 100% happening and it's set for release next year.
Bad Santa 2 will begin shooting early next year in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million in the Us on a budget of $23 million, and took $76.5 million worldwide. »
Jennifer Aniston is in talks star in What Alice Forgot, the TriStar Pictures adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel. Shauna Cross wrote the script. When Sony-based TriStar acquired Moriarty’s book in July 2014, it had David Frankel attached to direct. That job now is open. Aniston would play Alice, who suffers a head injury and wakes up thinking she's her 25-year-old self — in love with her husband and career — only to realize her 40-year-old life is very… »
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