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Bad Santa 2 snaps up Mean Girls director Mark Waters

It's been 12 years since Bad Santa hit the big screen, but that hasn't dulled the appetite for a sequel to Billy Bob Thornton's holiday comedy. Last week we learned that Bad Santa 2 will begin filming in January (opens in new tab), and today comes news that the production has found its director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), Mean Girls and Freaky Friday filmmaker, Mark Waters has been tapped to direct the follow-up to the 2003 hit, which grossed $76.5 million worldwide and has gone on to become a cult festive film. In addition, both Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are set to reprise their roles as Marcus and Thurman Merman respectively, with producers currently looking for a female lead.

This is great news for fans of the original, and with Entourage screenwriter Doug Ellin confirming that the sequel will maintain the R-rated tone set by the first instalment, the return of Thornton's drunken thief could offer more festive delights. Bad Santa 2 is slated to arrive in UK and US cinemas just in time for Christmas in 2016.

Amon Warmann
Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.