Have you ever watched Scrooged and thought “you know, I’d really like to see The Night the Reindeer Died in real life? I mean, I can’t be the only one.
Anyway, here is the trailer for an upcoming movie called Fatman, which is a real movie and is really happening.
In summary: Mel Gibson is a washed up, bitter, angry Santa Claus who leaves a lump of a coal for a spoiled rich kid, who then hires Walton Goggins to kill Santa. Also, the US Military is working with Santa on … something.
So this is completely ridiculous. I am not fully on board with the rehabilitation of Mel Gibson’s image, but if you’re going to cast a cranky old man as Santa Claus he seems like a good fit. Walton Goggins is always a win, and he looks like he’s having a great time as usual, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a welcome addition to any film as well.
What I m really on board with though is that the trailer seems to understand the inherent ridiculousness of the premise, but playing it completely straight. that’s a fine line to walk (and finding out that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green are producers of this helps that make sense) and I really hope it carries over from the trailer to the film itself.
Fatman is scheduled for a release in select theatres on November 13th and on-demand just four days later on November 17th. I will almost certainly be covering it.