Sky Cinema picks up adaptation of A Boy Called Christmas
James R | On 25, Jan 2021
A Boy Called Christmas will join Sky Cinema’s line-up of original films for 2021.
Acquired from STUDIOCANAL exclusively for the UK and Ireland, the film – based on the bestselling book by Matt Haig – will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema this Christmas.
Co-written and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), A Boy Called Christmas boasts an all-star cast including Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter), Jim Broadbent (Paddington 1 & 2, The Iron Lady), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington 1 & 2), Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Michiel Huisman (The Haunting of Hill House, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Wonder Woman 1984), Zoe Colletti (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Stephen Merchant (Fighting with my Family, Logan) and introduces newcomer Henry Lawfull.
The origin story of Father Christmas is reimagined in Gil Kenan’s live-action drama. An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in a story that proves nothing is impossible.
Sarah Wright, Director of Sky Cinema and Acquisitions at Sky UK & Ireland, comments: “A Boy Called Christmas is the perfect gift for Sky Cinema customers and cinemagoers this Christmas. I cannot wait to share this extraordinary film featuring the best of British talent, as we hope to celebrate Christmas together with all the family this year.”
A Boy Called Christmas is produced by STUDIOCANAL with Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin of Blueprint Pictures and with Framestore (Christopher Robin, Fantastic Beasts, Paddington 1 & 2, The Golden Compass) providing the visual effects.