The legacy of A Christmas Story won’t end with the Christmas-day “24 Hours of A Christmas Story marathon and the annual conventions and filming location house tour. Peter Billingsley, an actor who is probably best known as Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story, is executive producing a musical adaptation of of the film for the Seattle stage. Billingsley’s childhood acting efforts lead into a Hollywood career as a producer on Jon Favreau’s directorial efforts and most recently, he tried to direct a feature film — Couples Retreat (we’ll forget that happened).
Benj Paske and Justin Paul wrote the original score, and preview performances will begin on Wednesday at the 5th Avenue Theatre, where the production will run from December 9th to the 30th (click here to see a schedule). Billingsley tells THR that he hopes to bring “the play to more stages” across the nation, however nothing has been announced. Hit the jump to see some clips from a previous production of the musical.
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USA Today has a first look at the cast of Peter Billingsley‘s directorial debut, Couples Retreat. Based on an idea by Vince Vaughn, and scripted by Jon Favreau, the PG-13 (ick!) comedy stars Favs, Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Kali Hawk, and Malin Akerman. Jean Reno and John Michael Higgins co-star as the resort’s mastermind and the therapist.
The movie will tell the story a married couple, played by Bell and Bateman, who drag their three married friends to a couples herapy vacation in order to save on costs. The other couples quickly learn that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional, and they become “forced to scrutinize the states of their own marriages.” Vaughn gives us a character rundown:
“Jason and Kristen are Type A’s struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is dating a young girl from Foot Locker (Hawk). Me and my wife (Akerman) are swamped with the kids and work. Favreau and Kristin Davis are secretly not completely faithful to each other.”
Entertainment Tonight has a set visit video report, which you can watch here. Billingsley began has career as a child actor, best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and later the producer of Favreau’s films: Made, Zathura, The Break-Up, Iron Man and Four Christmases. The Universal Pictures comedy doesn’t currently have a release date.
Thanks to /Film reader Jack Q for the tip.
Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will reteam in Couples Retreat, based on an idea by Vaughn, scripted by Favs and directed by Peter Billingsley. This will be Billingsley’s directorial debut. He began has career as a child actor, best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and later the producer of Favreau’s films: Made, Zathura, The Break-Up, Iron Man and Four Christmases. Jason Bateman and Faizon Love are also attached to the film which will start production in late October in Bora Bora and Los Angeles.
The movie will tell the story of four couples who go on a couples retreat to a tropical island. Variety lists the logline as follows: “While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the others are there to play but soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.”
Yeah, it doesn’t exactly sound like a follow-up to Swingers/Made. I’m hoping the duo will eventually film one last movie to complete that series. Which begs the question, is it really a series if the films are not connected?