4 Original ‘A Christmas Story’ Cast Members Return for Sequel

Clay Kaytis (”The Christmas Chronicles“) will direct for Warner Bros. and Legendary


Legendary and Warner Bros Pictures have closed deals for four original cast members of “A Christmas Story” — Ian Petrella (Randy), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Scott Schwartz (Flick), and R.D. Robb (Schwartz) — to join the sequel to the holiday classic, according to an individual with knowledge of the project. The film’s original child star Peter Billingsley is set to reprise his role as Ralphie in the film.

The new film, intended for HBO Max, is titled “A Christmas Story Christmas” and will take place in the 1970s, 30 years removed from the original film, which was set in the 1940s. It will see an adult Ralphie bringing his own kids to his home on Cleveland Street to give them the same Christmas he had growing up. The film will aim to have the same period attention to detail in re-creating the ’70s as the original film did with the 1940s, and it will show Ralphie reconnecting with childhood friends and reconciling the passing of his Old Man.

Clay Kaytis, who directed “The Christmas Chronicles” for Netflix, will direct the “Christmas Story” sequel, and Nick Schenk (“The Mule,” “Cry Macho”) will write the script.

Billingsley, in addition to starring, will also produce alongside Vince Vaughn for their Wild West Picture Show Productions. Together the two have produced films such as “The Break-Up,” “Four Christmases,” “Couples Retreat” and “F Is For Family,” and Billingsley has also produced the Broadway production “A Christmas Story the Musical,” which was nominated for three Tony Awards.

Production on the film will begin in February in Hungary.

“A Christmas Story” was released in 1983 and was directed by Bob Clark. Over time, the film has become a holiday staple with its story of a boy who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”) for Christmas. It’s become famous for its memorable vignettes of a boy getting his tongue stuck to a frozen light pole, of Ralphie’s father becoming obsessed with a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg in fishnet stockings and of Ralphie’s reluctance to wear a pink bunny onesie.

The film also had a straight to video sequel in 2012, “A Christmas Story 2,” following a teenage Ralphie, and it was also turned into a live TV production in 2017.

Schenk will also executive produce. Cale Boyter and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary.

Petrella’s credits include starring as Randy in the original “A Christmas Story.” Ward’s credits include starring as Scut Farkus in the original “A Christmas Story.” His other past credits include starring on “Titus” for Fox and he recently starred in “Survive the Game” for Lionsgate. He is repped by Lucas Talent and Vanguard Management Group. Schwartz’s past credits include his role as Flick in the original “A Christmas Story,” as well as co-starring in “The Toy.” Robb’s credits include starring as Schwartz in the original “A Christmas Story.” He is currently recurring on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” Robb most recently executive produced the series “Siren” for Freeform. He is repped by Station3 Entertainment and attorney’s Ginsburg Daniels Kallis. 

Deadline first reported the news.