Tim Allen and The Santa Clause are headed to the small screen.
On Friday, Disney+ announced that the film franchise will be adapted into a limited series. In order to make sure that the series recaptures the magic and popularity of the films, the series will also have Tim Allen reprises his role as Scott Calvin, a.k.a Santa Claus.
“In the Disney+ series, Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever,” the streaming service said in a press release. “He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole.”
“With a lot of elves, children, and family to please,” the release continued. “Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.”
The Santa Clause And Tim Allen Return
The series, currently working under the title The Santa Clause, will also be executive produced by Allen. It will also have some veteran comedy leadership with 30 Rock‘s Jack Burditt serving as showrunner.
The Santa Clause first premiered in 1994 and was an instant success. The film earned over $189 million around the world and over $144 million in the U.S.
It was then followed by two successful sequels, The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006. Now, a full 16 years after the last film in the series hit theaters, Tim Allen is ready to return to the character.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
The original The Santa Clause followed divorced dad Scott, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve.
When he and his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), finish Jolly Old Saint Nick’s Christmas deliveries, they arrive at the North Pole. It’s here that Scott learns he must become the new Santa due to a contractual clause.
It should also be pointed out that Scott was a bit of a scrooge before he took on the roll. The film shows how he finds the Christmas spirit as he fills into the role.
While the film is obviously well suited for the family the movie franchise’s star made it clear that there was once a more gruesome beginning.
“The original Santa Clause is a little darker, written by two comedians, and I actually shot and killed Santa, in the original movies,” the Last Man Standing star said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at the time.
“He fell off the roof because I thought he was a burglar [in the actual film]. He gives me the card, the whole movie starts,” Tim Allen continued. “[In the original script,] the kid actually starts with, ‘You just killed Santa.’ And I said, ‘He shouldn’t have been on the roof when he wasn’t invited.'”
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