There are few features on the planet which has been portrayed more aggressively than Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol . Dolls, Muppets, cartoon mice and the Bobcat Goldthwait-Bill Murray double team have all tried the immortal ode to altruism, big ass turkey dinners and a comfortable Jesus-free hold on the benefits of the holiday, to a truly wide success. However, we haven't had a full theatrical version of the story in a few years – then back when Jim Carrey climbed inside Robert Zemecki's & # 39; creaky old CGI machine for 2009 A Christmas Carol actually — Which means we probably would have expired.
Therefore, news from Hollywood Reporter today, confirming that Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell – probably George C. Scott and Mickey Mouse of their era – are collaborating on a musical take on the holiday classic, with Ferrell's Daddy's Home collaborators Sean Anders and John Morris who would write and direct. Almost everything about the project is kept under wraps – including critically how Ferrell and Reynolds will divide the parts. (Current guess: Reynolds as Scrooge, with Ferrell taking on the role of the various ghosts, though it is not difficult to see Ferrell doing the Scrooge thing as well.)
That is to say nothing about the whole musical element ; it has been made, obviously – perhaps especially with Muppets Christmas Carol 1992 – but it will add an extra level of difficulty to a production that is already in the shadow of Ferrell's previous great attempt to recreating the beats of classical English literature. It doesn't help that it's Anders and Morris's first big-screen musical – unless, of course, you don't count on the lyrical, almost symphonic dialogue in Anders & Adam's Adam Sandler 2012 That's My Boy .