Paul Feig on ‘Last Christmas’ & Making an “Emotional,” ’Unexpected” Romantic Comedy

     April 16, 2019


One of the many films to world premiere footage at this year’s Cinemacon was director Paul Feig’s Last Christmas. Working from a script by Emma Thompson and Bryonny Kimmings, Feig reunites with his A Simple Favor co-star Henry Golding and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke in what he’s calling a “dramatic romantic comedy.” The film is about a young woman (Clarke) who works as an elf in a year-round London Christmas shop, where she meets a handsome young man and starts to fall for him (played by Golding, obviously). However, it’s possible there is more going on beneath the scenes…


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While at the Awards show on the closing night of the convention, I got some time with Feig. He went into more detail about what the film is about, how the film will use a number of George Michael songs (including one or two unreleased tunes), how the film is a love letter to London, why he loves to test screen his movies early in the editing process, and a lot more. In addition, he talked about producing the Netflix movie Someone Great, what it’s about, and why he’s come full circle having his first-look deal at Universal.

Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.

Paul Feig:

  • CinemaCon talk.
  • How there is nothing like seeing a movie in a movie theater.
  • When will people see the first trailer for Last Christmas?
  • How he likes to do test screenings as soon as he can.
  • What is Last Christmas about?
  • Shot all over London in places you usually never see.
  • Paul Feig Last Christmas

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    How is the movie shaping up in the editing room?

  • How he almost did another movie before he got the Last Christmas
  • How he produced the Netflix movie Someone Great and what it’s about.
  • How does he know when he finds a project he has to make?
  • How he was a Universal Studios tour guide many years ago.
  • How does a first look deal work?

Here’s the official Last Christmas synopsis:

Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

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