While not many films necessarily warrant a sequel, you’d be hard pressed to find someone not excited for a follow-up to 2003’s Bad Santa. The dark comedy did pretty great business at the box office and grew an even larger fanbase when it hit DVD. A sequel to the pic has been rumored for a while now, but things picked up last summer when Billy Bob Thornton signed on to reprise his role as the worst Santa Claus ever. Last summer we learned that Dimension Films had commissioned two different scripts for the sequel, separately by Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips. Now it appears the studio has picked the winning script, as Thornton recently revealed that they’re on track to shoot the sequel this fall. Hit the jump for more.
Billy Bob Thornton‘s latest directorial effort, Janye Mansfield’s Car, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, and now word on his next project has arrived. Variety reports that Thornton will co-write and direct the “ethereal” road movie And Then We Drove. Screenwriter Tom Epperson will co-write the story, which Thornton says is about “a guy who’s on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It’s about the question of life: ‘What is this? Where do I fit in?’” The road trip will take the couple across the U.S. with stops in Los Angeles, the South, New Mexico, and Arizona. Producer Alexander Rodnyansky adds that the movie is partly inspired by Thornton’s tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car is Thornton’s first feature film in over a decade and I’m eager to hear the word on it out of Berlin. Thornton’s also looking for a distributor who will theatrically release his Willie Nelson documentary, The King of Luck, which premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. Hopefully, he’ll find one soon.