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‘Fight Before Christmas’ Santa Movie in the Works From ‘Daddy’s Home’ Writer

Broad Green Pictures is developing the comedy “The Fight Before Christmas” based on a  pitch from “Daddy’s Home” writer Brian Burns.

Burns, whose TV credits include “Blue Bloods” and HBO’s “Entourage,” will pen the script. The film will be produced by Matt Alvarez (“Straight Outta Compton”), who has an exclusive producing deal at Broad Green.

The story centers on Mrs. Claus leaving Santa after 700 years of marriage and feeling unappreciated for her continued Christmas contributions. She departs just two weeks before the holiday — putting the fate of the holiday in jeopardy — so Santa flies from the North Pole to New York to win her heart back and save Christmas.

“Brian has a talent for creating dynamic and hilarious stories that audiences gravitate towards,” said Alvarez. “It will be a pleasure to work with him and I know that together we will make a memorable holiday film.”

Broad Green Pictures’ Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, who launched the studio three years ago with mostly adult dramas such as “A Walk in the Woods” and “99 Homes,” said: “As we continue to grow, original productions like ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ will become a bigger focus for the studio. We are confident that this film, under the leadership of Matt, will help build a strong base for our library of audience favorites.”

Josh Reinhold will oversee the project on behalf of Matt Alvarez’s production company, while Lauren McCarthy will oversee the project on behalf of Broad Green Pictures.

“Daddy’s Home” was a success for Paramount with $237 million in worldwide grosses.

The deal was brokered on behalf of Burns by Karl Austen. Christopher Tricarico handled for Broad Green. Burns is represented by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

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