Spiritual: Octavia Spencer in conversation with Jjoin Ferrell & Reynolds in Apple’s music film
According to Collider, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden figures, The shape of the water) has entered negotiations to star alongside Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds in Apple Studios’ upcoming musical reinterpretation of the title Spirited based on the classic story A Christmas song. If the deal wins, this project would mark Spencer’s most recent collaboration with Apple TV +, which is currently working on the second season of To be honest.
Spencer is reported to play the role of a good-natured colleague for Reynolds’ Scrooge-like character. Her unnamed character will help Ferrell’s gift instill kindness to the man over the holiday season.
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Spirited, a reinterpretation of the classic by Charles Dickens, will unite Ferrell Dad is at home Team Sean Anders and John Morris who will write and produce the film. Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum will produce Gloria Sanchez under their banner, while Reynolds and George Dewey will produce under their label Maximum Effort. Anders and Morris will produce under their company, Two Grown Men.
A Christmas song is the famous story of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. There have been many feature tweaks to the story, including that of Bill Murray Scrooged, The Muppet Christmas story, Jim Carrey’s 2009 animated shot of Robert Zemeckis and the 1984 film starring Oscar-winning George C. Scott.
Charles Dickens’ immortal classic was first published in 1843 and has seen nearly two dozen film adaptations since the medium’s emergence, from 1901 to the Jim Carrey / Robert Zemeckis performance capture version in 2009, with as many for television.
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Ferrell and Reynolds were both previously in the comedy Richard Nixon / White House Thick but not shared any scenes in 1999 and never really worked together. Reynolds is next in a number of high profile projects such as: Free guy, The bodyguard of the Hitman’s wife, Red notice, The Adam Projectand the third without a title Dead Pool Film that will introduce the MCU’s antihero. While Ferrell is also set to lead the series customization of Apple TV + The shrink next door together with Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn.
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