James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, One Chance) is to star in a new film written by Richard Bean (‘One Man, Two Guvnors’) and produced by Kris Thykier (The Debt, Kick-Ass, I Give It A Year) for Working Title Films.
Described as a vehicle for Corden, School for Santas follows a down-on-his luck dad who needs to find his inner Father Christmas to win back his kids.
The film will reunite Corden, who is currently shooting David Frankel’s One Chance, with Bean following their award-winning Broadway and West End success, One Man, Two Guvnors.
James Corden says, “All my life I’ve wanted to make a big family Christmas movie. To be making one with a company like Working Title Films is a dream come true. Re-teaming with Richard Bean and Kris Thykier is like all my Christmas’s have come at once. I can’t wait to start.”
Thykier added, “”School for Santas” is a project that’s very close to my heart. To be able to work again with Working Title Films and with James Corden, with whom I’ve had such an amazing year, is like Christmas has come early.”
Tim Bevan, co-chairman of Working Title Films says, “We are pleased to be developing another project with Kris and excited to be working with James Corden, who is definitely one of Britain’s brightest stars. Working Title have always loved Christmas and “School for Santas” feels like a gift.”
The film is set to start shooting in New York and London in 2013.