Fresh off the reports that Billy Bob Thornton had officially signed on for BAD SANTA 2, sources can now confirm that Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters is also coming along for the sleigh ride. Waters will direct the Broad Green Pictures and Miramax sequel, which serves as a follow-up to the raunchy 2003 dark comedy Bad Santa, a film which has gone on to become required yearly viewing and a holiday classic in its own right.
Original cast members Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are also set to return, with production gearing up for a January 2016 start. Broad Green came onto the project just last week to co-finance and co-produce, with plans to release the pic in winter of 2016. Waters will direct from a script penned by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross. Ellin was also previously in talks to direct.
Waters takes over the mantle from Terry Zwigoff, who directed the original. Waters excels with this sort of comedy, having helmed the 2004 hit Mean Girls, which has also since been deemed a classic in its genre. Mean Girls went on to make $86.1 million domestic and $129 million worldwide, and has become an endlessly quotable cultural phenomenon.
Most recently, Waters was behind Vampire Academy and the Jim Carrey-led Mr. Popper’s Penguins. After Bad Santa 2, he’ll next direct another high school comedy, #Catfight for Screen Gems.
He’s repped by CAA.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor