After nearly five years of rumors about a “Bad Santa 2” being in the works, we finally have a trailer for the much anticipated holiday movie. Judging by the looks of things, star Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke hasn’t warmed up to his job as jolly old St. Nick one bit.
So what took so long getting the sequel off the ground? “The writer is still working on the script. He’s doing his rewrite right now,” Thornton told The Playlist way back in 2012. “We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he’s doing that. The plan is to shoot that in the fall.” As is frequently the case in Hollywood, unanticipated script revisions can add years to a project’s timeline.
Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are releasing the movie in November. Thornton stars alongside Christina Hendricks and Kathy Bates. “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters directed the movie, which was written by Shauna Cross (“Whip It”), Doug Ellin (“Entourage”), John Phillips (“Dirty Grandpa”) and newcomer Johnny Rosenthal. Terry Zwigoff, who directed the original “Bad Santa” in 2003, famously stated that he has “no interest in sequels.”
Check out the trailer to “Bad Santa 2” below.