HOLLYWOOD — Revolution Studios has optioned the “Jingle Belle” graphic novels from writer Paul Dini to develop as a live-action laffer revolving around Santa Claus’ rebellious teen daughter.
Producer Steve Tisch and GMG Films partner Gary Goodman originally optioned the novels, which bowed in 2000 with “Jingle Belle: Naughty & Nice.” Duo brought the project to Adam Sandler’s Sony-based production shingle Happy Madison, which introduced the novels to Revolution partner Todd Garner.
Sandler and partner Jack Giarraputo will exec produce the “Jingle Belle” feature along with TV animation vet Dini. Tisch and Goodman will produce, while Ford Gilmore will co-produce.
Project will be overseen by Revolution exec Derek Dauchy.
Revolution is seeking a writer to adapt the novel, in which Santa’s precocious daughter, who has had enough of the North Pole, goes off on her own, inadvertently triggering a sequence of events that puts Christmas in jeopardy.
Dini is best known as a writer and producer of the Warner Bros. Animation-produced TV toons “Batman Beyond,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman” and “Tiny Toon Adventures,” as well as the straight-to-vid features “Batman: Return of the Joker” and “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.”
Dini was repped by attorney Harris M. Miller.