Universal Pictures took the stage at CinemaCon to give a glimpse of what they will be releasing over the next year and underneath was something that nobody had on their radar but which immediately caused a sensation violent nightan action thriller in the vein of Nobody and John Wick but main role stranger things‘ David harbor as Santa Claus. In the film, a family of mercenaries is kidnapped on Christmas Eve, leaving St. Nick the only one who can save her. Harbor is joined in the film by John Leguizamo (Encanto), Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation), Alex Hassell (The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Edi Patterson (Righteous Gemstones).
Introducing the film, a Focus Features release, Harbor said onstage, “Escape is great. I’m a big fan. But what about movies that make you sweat? Don’t you love action movies? Who doesn’t love her? great action movie, right? How about Christmas movies? So what about a movie that is a great action movie and the best Christmas movie rolled into one? Die Hard. Bloody hell. Die Hard. What if… wait a minute, wait a minute… What if Hammer director Tommy Wirkola and the badass producers of 87North, you know, the lunatics that did it Atomic Blonde and John Wick and Nobody and Hobbs and Shaw, were behind it? And, wait a minute, what if I started out as fucking Santa? Oh, am I swinging a fucking hammer? Yes. What you’re about to see isn’t a real trailer I don’t think, but you better not cry to anyone. You better not be sulking. I’ll tell you why Because Santa Claus is coming to town. let’s fuck go”
ComicBook.com’s Cam Bonomolo was on hand to see the first footage from the film, which he summarized as follows:
- “From the Makers of John Wick”
- David Harbor is a terrific Santa Claus who wrecks the halls as armed gunslingers take over a family’s vacation and hold them hostage
- The trailer is gory, violent and very R
- It’s basically Die Hard with David Harbor’s Santa as John McClane
- “I’m jolly old Santa Nick,” says a bloodied Santa Claus.
- He kills a henchman with an electric tree star and frys it.
Filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, the man behind it Dead Snow, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Huntersand Netflix The trip, The film was directed from a screenplay by Sonic the Hedgehog writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Production on the film, which is set for release on December 2nd, 2022, has just recently concluded.