A sequel to “A Christmas Story” is in the works.
Legendary and Warner Bros. have reportedly reached a deal for original star Peter Billingsley to appear in “A Christmas Story Christmas,” which will premiere on the HBO Max streaming service.
Sources add that Julie Hagerty has been cast to play Billingsley’s mother in the new project.
Clay Katis will direct the film from a screenplay by Nick Schenk, while Peter will produce alongside Vince Vaughn for their Wild West Picture Show banner. Production should start at the end of February in Bulgaria.
The celebratory film will follow grown-up Ralphie Parker (Billingsley) in the 1970s as he returns to the Cleveland Street home to give his children a magical Christmas like the ones he grew up.
With the same attention to real tone of the first film, Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends, comes to terms with the passing of his old man, and sows the seeds of the beloved holiday classic.
Since starring in the original film as a child, Peter has found success behind the camera with films such as ‘Couples Retreat’ – which starred Vaughn.
Billingsley also produced the Broadway show “A Christmas Story The Musical” and produced several films with Vince, including “The Break-Up”, “Four Christmases” and “F Is For Family”.
Peter previously credited the late director of the Christmas film, Bob Clark, for helping him transition behind the camera.
Speaking in 2018, the 50-year-old star said: “He was absolutely supportive and supportive. I would visit him on sets. We would talk and play golf together.”