It’s the gift that keeps on giving…
According to Deadline, Jason Winer has been tapped to direct the upcoming Santa Clause sequel series for Disney+.
Winer, who is probably most known for his work directing episodes of the Emmy award-winning series Modern Family will also serve as executive producer.
Last week, we exclusively reported that the series was entering production under the name The Clauses, a title that is expected to stick.
Given the franchise’s history with playing around with the double meaning of the word “clause” in each of its film’s titles, we’re inclined to believe that this name will stick. However, it remains to be seen if there will be yet another clause Scott must abide by in the new installment, especially since it is supposed to be focusing on him passing the mantle on to someone else.
In the The Clauses, Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.
Award-winning Jack Burditt (30 Rock, Modern Family, Frasier, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is the executive producer and showrunner, and Kevin Hench (Last Man Standing), Richard Baker, and Rick Messina will also serve as executive producers alongside Tim Allen.
Production is slated to begin this month; however, with production being such a broad term, this could simply mean that the series will continue casting or begin its principal photography.
Considering how quickly momentum seems to building for this series, although unconfirmed, it seems likely Disney is aiming to have it done in time for this upcoming holiday season. We expect more announcements in the coming weeks.