Fox and NBC are going head-to-head this holiday season.
Fox has set a live low-pitched prolongation of A Christmas Story to atmosphere after this year, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The prolongation is desirous by a 1983 cult classical film and a successive 2012 Broadway low-pitched adaptation, A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Based on a brief stories of Midwestern comedian Jean Shepherd, a story is set in the 1940s, when all nine-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. The film follows Ralphie and his family’s several holiday-themed adventures, that embody a terrible outing to revisit a dialect store Santa, his younger brother’s outrageous eating habits (or miss thereof) and his dad’s ardour with an repulsive leg flare done to demeanour like a woman’s leg.
The telecast hails from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and brings dual pivotal players behind to Fox. One being Warner Bros. unscripted and choice boss Mike Darnell, who before worked during Fox’s choice dialect for 18 years and was obliged for existence hits like American Idol.
The other is Marc Platt, who won an Emmy for producing Fox’s final live low-pitched prolongation of Grease in Jan 2016. In further to a telecast’s 5 Emmy wins, a live prolongation was a bonafide hit for a network, grabbing a 4.3 demo rating among adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers.
Platt will exec furnish with Adam Siegel (the Broadway reconstruction of The King and I), with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease Live) portion as co-exec producers and writers. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who were nominated for a Tony for best strange measure for a Broadway and seasonal-touring musical, will harmonise several new songs for a event.
“A Christmas Story is one of a many dear holiday films of all time – audiences have done a yearly protocol of re-watching it – and we are so anxious to have Marc heading a assign in bringing a low-pitched chronicle of that film to television,” pronounced Fox Broadcasting party boss David Madden. “The unusually gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing a film to a stage, and we trust a transition to LIVE radio eventuality will be only as entertaining for viewers.”
Added Darnell: “I can’t trust how impossibly propitious we are to have Marc Platt producing this iconic Christmas classic. Marc is a defining voice in this genre and it’s extraordinary to have this size of talent heading what is certain to be a new customary in live low-pitched events.”
A Christmas Story will see Fox go adult opposite NBC, that has promote a live low-pitched each Dec given 2013. This year, a network has a live telecast of Bye Bye Birdie starring and exec constructed by Jennifer Lopez (who before judged Fox’s American Idol.)
The news also comes after NBC clearly doubled down on a live low-pitched productions. Earlier this week, a network systematic a live take on a stone opera Jesus Christ Superstar that will atmosphere on Easter Sunday, and that also has Platt trustworthy as an exec producer. In addition Grease Live!, Platt recently exec constructed a film low-pitched hit La La Land.
Pasek and Paul took home Oscar bullion for their contributions to a La La Land musical and are also uninformed off of a strike Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, that recently nabbed 9 Tony endowment nominations. (Platt’s son, Pitch Perfect‘s Ben Platt, stars in a show.)
A Christmas Story earned only $19.3 million during a box bureau when it opened, though has turn a holiday deteriorate mainstay. TBS and TNT have frequently aired a 24-hour marathon of a film each Christmas Day given 1997. In 2012, a MGM film was also comparison for refuge in a National Film Library.
That same year, A Christmas Story: The Musical made a Broadway debut. It went onto measure 3 Tony Award nominations, including best musical, best strange measure and best book of a musical.