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Mel Gibson set to play Santa Claus in new Christmas comedy

May 11th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Last year we had Kurt Russell as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles and next to step into the shiny boots and red and white costume is none-other than Mel Gibson.

The star is lining up Fatman as his next starring project to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Set to film early next year, “Fatman is the story of a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline — while a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.”

The movie will be penned and directed by Small Town Crime and Waffle Street’s Ian and Eshom Nelms.

The duo said of the project: “This rowdy Santa tale is a film we’ve been excited to make for some time and we’re thrilled to have equally passionate partners in Rough House and Fortitude who carry the same fire!”

Honestly, I’m a sucker for Christmas movies and as big fan of Bad Santa, Scrooged and The Christmas Chronicles, this may be just the dark streak I love my festive favourites to have.

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….