Movie Fans React To News That ‘A Christmas Story’ Is Getting A Sequel With the Original Cast

Movie Fans React To News That 'A Christmas Story' Is Getting A Sequel

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  • Warner Bros. has announced that a sequel to 1983’s A Christmas Story is in the works.
  • Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the original film, will star in the sequel.
  • Production on the project is slated to begin in February.

While the holiday season may be over for most people, Christmas never sleeps in Hollywood, as Warner Bros. announced on Thursday night that a sequel to the beloved film A Christmas Story is in the works.

The film will be titled A Christmas Story Christmas and will release on HBO Max. The project is set to be directed by Clay Kaytis, who helmed the successful The Christmas Chronicles for Netflix back in 2018. Kaytis also has an extensive history as an animator, having worked on 2013’s Frozen and directed 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie. Production on A Christmas Story Christmas will begin in February.

While the original movie followed Ralphie, a nine-year old boy who desperately wanted a Red Ryder BB rifle and was set in 1940, the new story will take place in the 1970s and sees an adult Ralphie return to his house on Cleveland Street to deliver his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up.

The studio is hoping to recreate the same real-life tone of the first movie to show the now-father reconnect with childhood friends, reconcile the passing of his Old Man, and callbacks to the initial film. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Following the announcement, movie fans took to Twitter to react to reports that one of the most beloved modern Christmas movies is getting a follow-up:

While a release date has not been confirmed, given that production is set to begin in February, there’s a chance that A Christmas Story Christmas is ready to release for the 2022 holiday season.

The original A Christmas Story hit theaters in the United States on November 18, 1983, and has since become an immortalized Christmas classic. In addition to the returning Billingsley, A Christmas Story also starred Jean Shepherd, Ian Petrella, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Zack Ward, and Tedde Moore.

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