Just what we needed for holiday season.
This is definitely not the case of conventional casting since Mel Gibson is playing Santa Claus in this year’s action-comedy Fatman, reported The Hollywood Reporter. Gibson shown as the gun-toting Santa Claus should not really come as a surprise since we are living in the year 2020. The action-comedy is directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms and the story centers around a neglected 12-year-old boy who hires a highly-skilled assassin to take out Chris Cringle, an unorthodox Santa Claus, after receiving a lump of coal in his socks.
have watched this trailer 15 times and still cannot believe it's real. nothing can prepare you for the moment you realize what the movie's about https://t.co/k5i2tlBbWM— Claire McNear (@clairemcnear) October 8, 2020
But all doesn't go as planned and Cringle proves himself a worthy adversary. We discover he is not so jolly or festively plump, rather, he is more skilled in using weapons after he was forced into a partnership with the US military to save his already declining business. Released by Saban Films, the movie is scheduled to play in theaters or places where it's open on November 13 and on other digital platforms on November 17.
In the new trailer for Fatman, Santa Claus (Mel Gibson) gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against an assassin hired by a 12-year-old boy who got a lump of coal for Christmas. https://t.co/KEbscyNAzj pic.twitter.com/Ci9m3zXJnc— IGN (@IGN) October 7, 2020
The synopsis of the movie reads, "To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. ‘Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving."
The movie is produced by Fortitude International’s Nadine de Barros and Mammoth Entertainment’s Todd Courtney, along with RBL Studios’ Michelle Lang, Zed Filmworks’ Robert Menzies, and Skywolf Media’s Lisa Wolofsky. It is executive produced by Saban Films' Jonathan Saba and Bill Bromiley along with financiers Hans Hufschmid, Brandon James, Alastair Burlingham, The Film House's Ryan R. Johnson, Windy Hill Pictures' Buddy Patrick, Gary Raskin, Ben Rosenblatt, Kyle Stroud and Ingenious Media’s Peter Touche and Samantha Allwinton.
When the movie was first announced in 2019, de Barros said, "I am excited to be working with the incredibly talented Nelms brothers who have written a unique, highly entertaining script. Mel is the perfect choice as Chris Cringle like we've never seen him before. I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch this darkly comedic Christmas film come to life."
Any movie lover will easily figure out that Fatman has a gonzo premise but the idea of dark Santa stories is nothing new. From horror slashers about maniacs in Santa costumes like Silent Night, Deadly Night to actual thrillers where Santa is portrayed as a force to be reckoned with in Rare Exports, scary Santa is somewhat of a staple for B-films. But, before this, he has not really been portrayed as an aging man, that too by an Oscar winner, who is known to have a sketchy history both on and off-screen when matters of religion are concerned.
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