Apple spends over $75m for Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell Christmas Carol musical

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Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds will unite with the Instant Family team for a new Scrooge adaptation.

Charles Dickens’ Yuletide novel A Christmas Carol is getting a fair few new iterations at the moment. A version with a female Scrooge is heading to the stage, whilst Tom Hardy is teaming up again with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight for a BBC-backed TV adaptation.

Now we hear that Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are looking to bring their own take to the screen too.

Edging closer by the looks of things to Scrooged rather than The Muppet Christmas Carol. There’s a writer and director attached too, with Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home, Instant Family) set to take the helm, from a screenplay by John Morris. The film is set to be a musical take on the story.

It’s all at production company rather than studio level at the moment, though, and for the project to move forward, it’s going to take a distributor to stump up a wedge of cash to make that happen.

UPDATE: A significant update here. Apple has reportedly beaten Netflix in a bidding war for the project, but has had to pay through the nose to do so. It’ll pay Ryan Reynolds around $35m for the film, Will Ferrell around $30m, whilst John Morris and Sean Anders are set to pick up at least $10m apiece. More details on the eye-watering deal here.

That said, given the star power involved with this one, I think we can safely call this a case of when rather than if the movie presses ahead. More news on it as it comes in.

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