‘A Christmas Story’ sequel to be released in November, report says
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The much anticipated … well, maybe just anticipated … sequel to the classic “A Christmas Story” will be released in November, according to a report.
Deadline reports “A Christmas Story Christmas” will premiere on Nov. 17 on HBO Max. Peter Billingsley again will play Ralphie, who returns to his childhood home with his wife and children in an attempt to capture the Christmas magic of his childhood, according to a synopsis on IMDB.com.
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It’s a safe bet the sequel will not be as good as the original. But several actors from the 1983 movie will be in the sequel, including Scott Schwartz and R.D. Robb as Ralphie’s childhood pals Flick and Schwartz, and Ian Petrella as his younger brother Randy.
Also returning: Zack Ward as Officer Scut Farkas.
Nick Schenk, who wrote “Gran Torino” and “The Mule,” wrote the sequel, and Clay Kaytis is the director.
The original movie, set in the 1940s, follows Ralphie in his pursuit of getting a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle (with a compass in the stock). Much of the movie was filmed in Cleveland, with scenes in Public Square and at the famous house on West 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood.
It flopped at the box office when originally released but is now a Christmas classic, filled with quotable lines (“You’ll shoot you’re eye out”) and beloved characters.
Even though the sequel is about Ralphie returning to his childhood home, there reportedly will be no new scenes of Cleveland streets or of the original house. Variety reports filming took place in Hungary.
This won’t be the first attempt at a sequel. “A Christmas Story 2″ was released straight to video in 2012.