The legendary actor said, “We were going to do that and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I finally got a movie franchise.'”
James Kahn revealed why the world has never given a sequel to the Christmas movie “Elf”.
During an interview with 92.3 The Fan’s Bull & Fox for Cleveland on Friday, the legendary actor, 80, was asked why the 2003 blockbuster movie starring Will Ferrell and directed by John Favreau had never gotten any second round on the big screen.
“We were going to do it and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I finally got a movie franchise, I can make some money and let my kids do whatever the hell they want’,” “The Godfather” vet. “The director and Will did not get along well.”
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“So, Will wanted to do it, he didn’t want the director, and he was in his contract, it was one of those things.”
In the festive flick, Buddy (Ferrell), who is a human, is raised by elves Santa and goes on a trip to meet his biological father (Cannes) in New York City, where chaos and joy ensued on the holidays. Favreau had a role in that too, as a pediatrician named Doctor Leonardo. Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner starred in it.
The movie – produced on a budget of $ 33 million – made $ 220 million and became a staple holiday season on TV.
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“They were looking for someone to rewrite and possibly direct it,” he told the Rolling Stone newspaper. “ And I remember reading it, and clicking it – if I made the world it was of as if it had grown up as a dwarf in ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ one of the Rankin / Bass Christmas shows I grew up with, then everything fell into place tonally. So for a year, I rewrote the script. “
“It turned into more PG movie than PG-13,” he continued. “He was a darker character in the script that I originally read. The character became more innocent, and the world became more than a simulation of the Rankin / Bass movies. [New Line] I read it and agreed to do it, and that’s when I was brought to direct. “
TooFab has reached out to Ferrell and Favreau representatives for comment.