James Corden to Star in 'School For Santas' for Working Title Films
LONDON – Working Title Films is developing School for Santas as a vehicle for James Corden (TV's Gavin & Stacey, One Chance).
The film will be written by Richard Bean, the playwright behind Broadway and West End hit One Man,Two Guvnors which enjoyed a sellout run with Corden in the lead role.
The movie will be produced with Kris Thykier (The Debt, Kick-Ass, I Give It A Year).
School for Santas follows a down-on-his luck dad who needs to find his inner Father Christmas to win back his kids.
The film is set to start shooting in New York and London in 2013.
Working Title chiefs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner currently have Edgar Wright's The World's End and Hoss Amini's The Two Faces of January in production.
Films set to roll out in theaters over the next few months include Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Dan Mazer's I Give It A Year, Richard Curtis' About Time.
Thykier is currently shooting David Frankel's One Chance and was the producer on I Give It A Year for Working Title Films.
Corden said: "Re-teaming with Richard Bean and Kris Thykier is like all my Christmas's have come at once. I can't wait to start."
Thykier described School for Santas as a project "very close to my heart."
Said Thykier: "To be able to work again with Working Title Films and with James Corden, with whom I've had such an amazing year, is like Christmas has come early."