Again, the snowman cometh for Warner Bros.
Director Troy Miller is in a final round of talks to helm the studio’s revitalized 1998 holiday pic “Frost” (previously “Jack Frost” and “Frosty the Snowman”), sources close to the project said Tuesday.
It’s the first feature gig for Miller, whose biggest splash to date has been the film satires that opened last year’s Oscars, when ceremony host Billy Crystal spoofed parts from some of the nominated films.
After first-choice director Sam Raimi fell out of the “Frost” project early this fall, WB co-prexies Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Billy Gerber handed production reins to Mark Canton. Though still uncast, pic is slated for a February start, sources said. If it moves forward, the film will be the Canton Co.’s first under his outfit’s current deal with Warners.
Story is about a musician named Jack Frost who dies during a snowstorm, but returns to the world as a snowman to properly finish the job of raising his young son.
The effects-heavy pic will feature a mechanical snowman crafted by the Henson Creature Shop, mixed with CGI art. “ER” doc George Clooney had been attached to star, but fell out during the summer.
Irving Azoff and Matthew Baer are also attached to produce. Mark Steven Johnson wrote the first draft of the screenplay, and the team of Steve Bloom and Jonathan Roberts penned the current draft.
A Warner Bros. spokeswoman said the studio would neither confirm nor deny Miller’s involvement in the pic. Miller, a longtime TV producer-director, has helmed Chris Rock’s comedic rap video “Champagne,” as well as episodes of HBO’s “Mr. Show” and film satires for the MTV movie awards. He is repped by Endeavor.