Claus And Ef­fect

THE CHRIST­MAS CHRON­I­CLES | Net­flix launches a new fes­tive fran­chise…

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Are there five words in the English lan­guage more ex­cit­ing than “Kurt Rus­sell is Santa Claus”? Chris Colum­bus – the man be­hind yule­tide clas­sics Home Alone and Grem­lins – thinks not. “He’s your dream Santa Claus,” Colum­bus tells Teasers. “It’s not Bad Santa. He’s in­cred­i­bly charis­matic, tough and con­fi­dent when he needs to be.

And re­ally frus­trated at the de­pic­tions of him on Coca-Cola ads!”

Rus­sell stars as Saint Nick in The Christ­mas Chron­i­cles, a Net­flix orig­i­nal about a brother and sis­ter who put Christ­mas it­self in jeop­ardy when their at­tempt to pho­to­graph Santa goes ter­ri­bly wrong. An­gry Birds’ Clay Kaytis is mak­ing his live-ac­tion de­but in the di­rec­tor’s chair, but Colum­bus was there “24/7” as a pro­ducer af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing some fa­mil­iar qual­i­ties in Matt Lieber­man’s script.

“It’s got a bit of Ad­ven­tures In Babysit­ting in it; it’s got a bit of Home Alone; it feels a lit­tle like The Goonies at times. It’s very in­spired by the John Hughes world that

I cut my teeth on as well,” says Colum­bus. “And it feels like Pot­ter. It’s a North Pole un­like you’ve ever seen.”

Many of Colum­bus’ fes­tive films tap into the di­chotomy of Christ­mas – that, for some, it’s the most dif­fi­cult time of year. And The Christ­mas Chron­i­cles is no dif­fer­ent.

“It’s a com­pli­cated time,” Colum­bus ex­plains. “In this film there’s a chance that Christ­mas won’t ex­ist in 2018. The theme of the film, and the theme of this par­tic­u­lar Santa Claus, is: Christ­mas must en­dure.”

And en­dure it will if Colum­bus has his way, with plans for a wider Christ­mas-verse should the first film fly. “As we were mak­ing the film, I re­alised there was a much big­ger world here. So I got ex­cited about the po­ten­tial of dig­ging deeper, with maybe an­other film in the series, and treat­ing the world of the North Pole and the mythol­ogy of Santa Claus with a se­ri­ous­ness that it’s never been treated with.” Christ­mas comes early in 2018.

ETA | 22 NOVEM­BER / THE CHRIST­MAS CHRON­I­CLES LAUNCHES ON NET­FLIX NEXT MONTH.

SLEIgH rIDE Kurt Rus­sell the way you've al­ways wanted to see him – as Santa.

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