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Monday, January 11, 2016

Production Begins On #BADSANTA2


All-Star Cast Led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox and Brett Kelly Are Joined by Jenny Zigrino, Ryan Hansen and Jeff Skowron

Miramax® and Broad Green Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on BAD SANTA 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit BAD SANTA. Joining the previously announced cast are Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars,” “2 Broke Girls”), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Christina Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Billy Bob Thornton (television series “Fargo”, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Tony Cox as Marcus and Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman. The film will be directed by Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls).
Miramax® and Broad Green Pictures have partnered to co-finance and co-produce BAD SANTA 2 with Broad Green handling U.S. theatrical distribution which is set for release November 23, 2016. Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales.
Geyer Kosinski (The Astronaut Farmer, The Bad News Bears, television series “Fargo”) and Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday) are producing. The screenplay for BAD SANTA 2 was written by Johnny Rosenthal, along with Doug Ellin (“Entourage”) and Shauna Cross (If I Stay, Whip It). Executive producers are Miramax’s Zanne Devine and David Thwaites, Broad Green’s Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky, Adam Fields, and Doug Ellin.
Theo van de Sande (Love and Honor, Blade) is the Director of Photography, Isabelle Guay (Pawn Sacrifice, Red Rover) is the Production Designer and Costume Design is by Mario Davignon (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Romeo + Juliet).
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About Miramax®
MIRAMAX® is a global film and television studio best known for its award-winning and original content. The studio’s new projects include both film and television, among them the critically acclaimed Mr. Holmes, currently in release from MIRAMAX® and Roadside Attractions, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and starring Academy Award® nominees Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings film franchise, X-Men film franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages); the forthcoming Bad Santa 2, to be filmed starting January 2016 and starring Billy Bob Thornton in his signature role as Willie Soke, with Broad Green Pictures co-producing/co-financing; Bridget Jones’s Baby, currently in post-production from Working Title for Universal Pictures, MIRAMAX® and StudioCanal, with Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Jerry Maguire) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Mamma Mia!) reprising their roles in third installment of the Bridget Jones film series; and The 9th Life of Louis Drax, currently in post-production, starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, “The Fall”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Earlier this year MIRAMAX® together with Sony-Screen Gems also released the Kevin Hart hit comedy The Wedding Ringer.

Building on its unparalleled library of characters and groundbreaking narratives, MIRAMAX® is also developing new television content alongside industry luminaries, with projects that include Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” heading into its third season.

Collectively, MIRAMAX’s unrivaled library of more than 700 titles has received 278 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, earning most notably four Best Picture awards for The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Chicagoand No Country for Old Men. More iconic titles from the library include critically acclaimed and commercial hits alike, such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Aviator, the Screamfilm franchise, and Kill Bill Vol. 1&2.

Since the purchase of MIRAMAX® in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by MIRAMAX® Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital, the studio’s world-class global distribution team has successfully brought this renowned collection to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country in the world.

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About Broad Green
Broad Green Pictures is a feature film financing, production and distribution company founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014. The studio distributes both specialty and wide release films from in-house development and production as well as acquisitions and co-productions.

Broad Green is a fully-integrated movie studio providing filmmakers with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships with both rising talent and established filmmakers, Broad Green shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences, pushing boundaries and taking creative risks. The studio’s upcoming slate includes The Infiltrator, Brain on Fire, The Dark Horse and Bad Santa 2, a co-production with Miramax. The studio will also release Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. Previously released films include the critically acclaimed 99 Homes, I Smile Back, A Walk in the Woods, Learning to Drive and Samba.

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