The final negotiations are underway, in the midst of a bidding war, for the musical reimagining of the classic tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds and Ferrell will star in the project that will be written and directed by John Morris and Sean Anders. The writer team previous penned Instant Family, the Daddy's Home films, and Hot Tub Time Machine.
As of this writing, the final deal has not been made, but Apple has aggressively been building it's original content library to pad its streaming service Apple TV+, which launches on November 1. This past September, there were reports that multiple studios were bidding on the project.
A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeon and nasty older man who has a change of heart about life and Christmas after he's visited by ghosts from his past, present, and future. The story has had multiple adaptations including The Muppet Christmas Carol, and animated feature starring Jim Carrey, and most notable, Scrooged, which starred Bill Murray.
If Apple lands the musical, it would be surrounded by other Apple TV+ original series. This includes the sci-fi anthology series, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, the fictionalized series The Morning Show, and the Jason Momoa-starring drama See.
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