Berlin 2013: Joel McHale, Lauren Graham and Robin Williams Sign Up For 'Friggin' Christmas'
BERLIN -- Joel McHale, Lauren Graham and Robin Williams are set to star in the dysfunctional holiday comedy A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, written by Wreck-It Ralph scribe Phil Johnston.
Prolific television helmer Tristram Shapeero, whose credits include Community, Parks and Recreation and Veep, is attached to direct Friggin' Christmas in his feature debut. Production is set to begin in late March in Atlanta.
Friggin' Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the eight-hour round trip before sunrise.
Sycamore Pictures, which turned out the Sundance hit comedy The Way, Way Back, is producing Friggin' Christmas. Hyde Park International is representing foreign rights and is shopping the project to foreign buyers gathered at the European Film Market in Berlin.
WME is arranging financing and representing U.S. rights.
"After an extremely exciting and successful week in Park City, we are very excited to head to Atlanta to begin production on Phil’s heartfelt comedy surrounding a lovable but dysfunctional family, with another ensemble cast that is an embarrassment of riches,” said Sycamore's Tom Rice, is producing Friggin' Christmas with Joe and Anthony Russo.
McHale's credits include Community, and Graham's include Parenthood. Williams recently wrapped production on Phil Alden Robinson’s Angriest Man in Brooklyn and soon will begin production on Dito Montiel’s Boulevard.
Williams is repped by WME and MBST, McHale and Shapeero are with WME, Graham is repped by ICM, and Johnston is with CAA.