Fans of “A Christmas Story” will likely view it as blasphemy, but Hollywood is in the early stages of making a sequel to Cleveland-connected holiday classic. Showbiz columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith reported Thursday that casting is underway for “A Christmas Story Too,” to be directed by Brian Levant, whose credits include “Jingle All the Way” and “Beethoven.”
Their story says casting is now under way for the movie, which will be feature a teenage Ralphie “yearning for another special Christmas present, but this time it’s a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline convertible.” The filmmakers are looking for an 18-year-old actor to play a 16-year-old Ralphie. They are also looking to cast new Old Man, mom and brother, Randy, who’ll be a pre-teen in the new feature.
It’s too early in the game to know whether any of the film will be shot locally. But Cleveland’s A Christmas Story House was promoting the casting call on its Facebook page with a link to the Hollywood casting site, Showfax.
There has already been one “A Christmas Story” sequel: 1994’s “It Runs in the Family,” starring Kieran Culkin as Ralphie, Charles Grodin as The Old Man and Mary Steenburge as Mrs. Parker. It was later released on DVD until the tile, “A Summer Story.”
The film’s producers are also looking to cast a new Old Man, mom and brother. The original “Christmas Story” was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. No word yet on where the upcoming movie will be shot. We’ll keep you posted!