Chris Columbus developing new Christmas movie

Chris Columbus at Sundance Festival, 2014

by Owen Williams |
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Previously behind the first two _Home Alone_s, Gremlins, Jingle All The Way and Christmas With The Cranks, producer/director Chris Columbus is developing yet another seasonal movie. He's part of the team putting together a family adventure called 12/24.

That title, of course, is the date of Christmas Eve if you're an American. The story involves two brothers who find an old home video proving the existence of Santa. They then set a trap to catch him, but when it goes wrong and Santa gets injured, our boys have to save Christmas and embark on a worldwide present-drop operation with the help of Santa's elves.

The idea comes from Safe House writer David Guggenheim, and Matt Lieberman (also behind the reboots of Short Circuit and Scooby-Doo) turned it into a screenplay. The film is set up between Columbus' 1492 Productions, Jeremy Zag's ZAG production company and animation studio, and Ocean Blue Entertainment.

"The film is a hybrid of live action real world, with the wild imagination that Jeremy and his team are bringing to the Elves and The North Pole," says Columbus. "I love Christmas and I love Christmas movies. This one can be a classic!"

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