Peter Billingsley was a highly-successful child actor who turned producer and received an Emmy Award nomination in 2005. Fans will be relieved to learn that they will be able to see Peter Billingsley once more. Billingsley, the original star of A Christmas Story, will reprise his role in the sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Legendary and Warner Bros. have a head start on the holiday season. The two companies signed a deal for Peter Billingsley, the child star of the original 1983 film, to star in and produce a sequel to the yuletide holiday classic A Christmas Story.
The first film was set in 1940 and followed Ralphie, a nine-year-old boy who wished for a Red Ryder BB rifle. The new plot will be set in the 1970s and will see an adult Ralphie return to his Cleveland Street home to give his children a fantastic Christmas like the one he enjoyed as a child.
The company hopes to reproduce the original film’s real-life tone by showing the now-father reconnecting with boyhood pals, coming to terms with his Old Man’s death, and making references to the first film. From the next month in Hungary, the production will begin.
As an adult, Billingsley has pursued a career in the production industry. He was a producer on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical production of A Christmas Story, as well as Jon Favreau’s culinary-themed acting chat show Dinner for Five. He also co-executive produces Netflix’s animated F is for Family with Vaughn and directed the Universal comedy Couples Retreat.
Are you all looking forward to seeing Peter behind the camera? Let’s hope that ‘A Christmas Story’ will be released shortly and will be a box office hit. For further updates of your favorite film series, stay tuned to Thirsty.
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