Ralphie’s coming home for the holidays.
The ’70s-set movie sequel, which hails from screenwriter Nick Schenk (Gran Torino, Cry Macho), will see original child actor Peter Billingsley, now 51, reprise his role as Ralphie Parker. He’ll be joined by fellow original film stars Ian Petrella (Randy), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Scott Schwartz (Flick) and R.D. Robb (Schwartz).
In A Christmas Story Christmas, an adult Ralphie “returns to the house on Cleveland Street to deliver his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up,” according to the official logline. “With the same attention-to-real-life tone of the first, Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends, reconciles the passing of his Old Man and sows the seeds for the origins of the beloved holiday classic.”
The cast also includes Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital, Kevin Can Wait) as Ralphie’s wife, River Drosche (Miracle Workers) and Julianna Layne (Prodigal Son) as their son and daughter, and Julie Hagerty (Airplane!), who is reportedly playing Ralphie’s mom — a role originally played by Melinda Dillon.
A Christmas Story was only a modest box office success upon its initial theatrical release in 1983. But over time, the film — about a young boy who so desperately wanted an official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle for Christmas — became a cult classic, thanks in part to TBS’ annual, 24-hour marathon, which starts on Christmas Eve and ends the following night, on Dec. 25.
The film spawned a theatrical sequel, the 1994 box office bomb It Runs in the Family, which featured none of the original cast and was retitled My Summer Story upon its 2006 DVD release. There was also a direct-to-video sequel, 2012’s A Christmas Story 2, which ignored the events of It Runs in the Family.
Surely, A Christmas Story Christmas will pretend neither of those sequels exist.
The original movie also spawned a 2000 stage play and a 2012 Broadway show. The latter, a musical, was eventually adapted for television as A Christmas Story Live!, which originally aired on Fox in 2017.
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