Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures Acquires Santa Claus-Themed Spec Script

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Columbus (WME, Hansen Jacobson) and "CSI" veteran Carol Mendelsohn will reboot classic Western "The Rifleman" for CBS. Columbus will direct and executive produce alongside Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, who will both write.

"Short Circuit" writer Matt Lieberman penned "12/24," which is based on an idea by David Guggenheim.

Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures has partnered with Ocean Blue Entertainment to preemptively pick up a Santa Claus-themed spec script entitled 12/24 that was penned by Short Circuit writer Matt Lieberman.

The story, based on an idea by Safe House writer David Guggenheim, follows two brothers who attempt to prove the existence of Santa Claus and eventually join up with St. Nick on a sleigh ride that runs into trouble. 

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The picture is being produced by Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe and Columbus for 1492 Pictures. Madhouse Entertainment along with Guggenheim also will produce. 

Ocean Blue has a deal with 1492 Pictures to finance and produce films together.

Lieberman is repped by WME and Madhouse Entertainment. Guggenheim is repped by Madhouse and Paradigm.

1492 Pictures' slate of films includes the sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which has set an August 7 release date.