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Mike White takes on SANTA WARS

GATW Guest Writer

November 20th, 2009


Mike White is writing the script for SANTA WARS, a holiday comedy based on the true story of rival factions that developed within a union of professional Santa Clauses. Many of you may remember the story from the "Scenes from a Mall" episode of the radio show "This American Life" hosted by Ira Glass that aired last December. The segment was written for radio by Joshuah Bearman, who will executive produce the film.

As the story goes, two men, Santa Tim and Santa Nick, who made their living by dressing up as Santa during the holiday season, formed a union, the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas. Soon after its formation, however, disagreements on how the union should be run caused the two to become arch-enemies and a Santa civil war of sorts broke out.

As a huge public radio nerd, I am super excited about this movie. I often think that real life is the best comedy, and I am glad to see that we are getting an original holiday movie, instead of more recycled crap from yesteryear. I also have great faith in Mike White. Not only is he a talented comedic actor, he has also written a few good screenplays, including CHUCK & BUCK, SCHOOL OF ROCK, ORANGE COUNTY, and YEAR OF THE DOG. You can also catch him in GENTLEMEN BRONCOS.

You can hear the story, called "Santa Fight Club" in the third act of the "This American Life" podcast that originally aired on  December 26, 2008 right HERE .

Source Variety

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