John Phillips

Back when Universal was looking to get a script together for a Bad Santa sequel, one of the names they were looking at to write was John Phillips, who got on the studio’s radar by selling them a script for a comedy called Dirty Grandpa. It turns out this guy knows a lot about filth. While the Bad Santa sequel isn’t said to be filming until the fall, and there’s yet to be any word on whether Phillips’ version of the script is the one the studio chose, things are starting to gear up for Dirty Grandpa now. Vulture has a report that Universal has offered Jeff Bridges the starring role, which tells the story of an uptight college kid who gets conned into taking his perverted, recently widowed grandfather with him on a spring break trip to Florida. If Bridges accepts the offer, he’ll be bringing the method approach to stinkiness that he perfected in films like Crazy Heart and True Grit to a comedy, where he’ll theoretically get plenty of chances to rub his hairy, dirty body all over a bunch of buxom, young co-eds.

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After a summer that’s already seen a Bad Teacher and some Horrible Bosses, I have started to sense that a new trend might be forming in Hollywood. Movies about awful people seem to be in, so that means we’re going to be seeing some remakes and sequels of past successes that have had less than likable protagonists. What does that mean for us in concrete terms? Thankfully, not a sequel to Richard Linklater’s awful Bad News Bears remake, but instead a sequel to Terry Zwigoff’s much more enjoyable Bad Santa. 24 Frames is reporting that Dimension and Miramax are teaming up to conceive some sort of sequel to the relatively successful, Billy Bob Thornton starring, 2003 film. And actually, they’re so taken with the idea of a Bad Santa sequel they’ve hired two different writers to pen scripts for them. Both are youngsters in the business who have recently sold their first scripts, and both have been told that they aren’t the only person writing on this project.

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