Fox is giving fans of A Christmas Story a gift wrapped up in a box and stamped with the word “FRAGILE” (“It must be Italian!”): The network announced Friday that it’s planning to broadcast a live musical based on the 1983 holiday movie.
The film follows Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley, Sullivan & Son) whose only wish for a Christmas gift is an air rifle, despite the fact that all of the adults in his life warn him that “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land) will executive-produce the event, which was “inspired by” the classic film and Broadway’s A Christmas Story: The Musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are nominated for Tony Awards for Dear Evan Hansen, will write some new songs for the project.
In addition, Grease: Live‘s Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary will adapt the musical’s book.
The three–hour production is slated to air in December.
“A Christmas Story is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time — audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it — and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television,” David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement. “The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”
Fox’s musical news comes a day after NBC announced that its 2018 musical undertaking will be a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which will air at Easter.