I liked Bad Santa when I saw it in 2003. I actually haven’t seen it since then so I have no idea how it ages or holds up or any of that, but apparently there’s an appetite for a sequel. Makes sense, I guess I’d probably check out Bad Santa 2 if it happens. A few years back Steve Pink was going to helm, but then those duties fell to Doug Ellin. Ellin is still busy wrapping up the artistic juggernaut of the Entourage movie, so even though there’s a chance his Kubrickian penchant for perfection will keep him in the editing room for another few years on that project, one could also reasonably assume he’d make time for this sooner or later.
If the script is good. That’s what they’re waiting on. Even though Billy Bob Thornton himself wisely admits there’s no way they can top the first one (the success of that film seemed like lighting in a bottle, and audiences are harder to shock eleven years later). Head inside for more on Bad Santa 2.
Thornton told THR (via Slashfilm):
“We’re just waiting for a script, ya know? We’re never gonna beat the first one but you got to get as close as you can. You just can’t go and do it haflway so we’re waiting for something that’s close enough. It’ll do real well I imagine and people will say, ‘Well, it wasn’t as good as the first one’ and we’ll say ‘Yeah, we knew it wouldn’t be’ but I think it should be fun and I think people who liked [the first one] will enjoy it and hopefully we’ll get it off.”
Ruling out a mall, what scenario would you like to see Thornton’s Bad Santa character placed in next? Where do you go with this character? Overseas? An old folk’s home? A children’s hospital?