There are few properties on the planet, which was re-invented more aggressively than Charles Dickens & # 39; A Christmas Carol . Puppets, muppets, cartoon mice, and the Bobcat Goldthwait-Bill Murray double team have all tried their hand at the immortal ode of altruism, the great turkey food, and a comfortable, jesus-free presentation of the merits of Christmas. to a really big degree of success. However, we have not had a theatrical version of the story for a few years – since Jim Carrey stepped into Robert Zemecki's creaking old CGI machine A Christmas Carol in 2009 – which means we were probably due.
Therefore, news from The Hollywood Reporter confirming that Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell – truly, the George C. Scott and Mickey Mouse of their time – are teaming up with Ferrells Daddy's Home Collaborators Sean Anders and John Morris as scriptwriters and directors. Almost everything about the project is kept under wraps – also critical, as Ferrell and Reynolds will divide the parts. (Current guess: Reynolds as Scrooge, with Ferrell playing the role of the various spirits, though it's not hard to see Ferrell do the Scrooge thing.)
That's not to say anything about the entire musical element; it's obviously happened – perhaps most notably at The Muppet's Christmas Carol in 1992 – but it will add an extra level of difficulty to a production that already exists in the shadow of Ferrell last Great attempt to recreate the beats of classical English literature. It does not help that it's the first musical by Anders and Morris – unless of course they include the lyrical, almost symphonic dialogue in Anders & Adam Sandler's feature film of 2012 That's My Boy .