Two years after Kurt Russell debuted as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles, Netflix has recently released writer-director Chris Columbus’ festive sequel The Christmas Chronicles 2 to mostly positive reviews.
Now, in an interview with ComicBook, Columbus has addressed whether there will be a third instalment in the franchise and how some of the themes featured in the sequel could lead into the next film.
“There’s a poignant moment in the movie where they’re watching the kids making snow angels, and Mrs Claus says, ‘It’s so nice to have real children in the village again,'” Columbus explained. “But you’re like, ‘We never explain why she feels that way. There’s some sort of hidden, slightly dark, melancholy thing in their past that we don’t know about.’ And I love the fact that we don’t deal with it in this movie. It’s in some of the notes that Kurt wrote. We know what it is. Maybe it connects if we’re lucky enough to do a third.”
Columbus continued to imply that while there haven’t been any official discussions as of yet, there is definitely room to explore the world more in a potential third movie.
“I don’t know. But it’s interesting because right now I can’t even think about what the third potential movie could be,” he told us. “But we’re certainly set up to open up this world even more.”
The Christmas Chronicles 2 follows Kate (Darby Camp) who unexpectedly gets pulled into a new adventure along with her mom’s new boyfriend’s son Jack (Jahzir Bruno) when Belsnickel (Julian Dennison) threatens to destroy the North Pole and the pair must work with Santa (Kurt Russell) and Mrs Claus (Goldie Hawn) to stop the magical troublemaker and save Christmas.
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It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). Written and directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter) and co-starring Goldie Hawn, THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 is an action-packed adventure for the whole family that’s full of heart, humor, and holiday spirit.