Billy Bob Thornton To Reprise His Golden Globe Nominated Role

as Willie Soke in BAD SANTA Sequel


Broad Green Pictures to Co-Finance, Co-Produce and

Handle Domestic Theatrical Distribution


Sierra/Affinity to Sell International at Upcoming American Film Market


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2015) – Miramax® and Broad Green Pictures announced today that Billy Bob Thornton (television series ”Fargo”, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) will reprise his signature role as Willie Soke in BAD SANTA 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit BAD SANTA first released in 2003. Geyer Kosinski (The Astronaut Farmer, The Bad News Bears, television series “Fargo”) will produce.


Miramax® will partner with Broad Green Pictures to co-finance and co-produce. Broad Green will distribute BAD SANTA 2 theatrically in the U.S. during the 2016 holiday season. Sierra/Affinity will handle foreign sales with sales starting at the upcoming American Film Market (November 4-11, 2015).


“We’ve been waiting far too long to see Billy Bob’s Willie Soke mess with the holiday season in his own unique way,” said Zanne Devine, Miramax’s EVP of Film & TV. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Billy Bob, the entire creative and producing team, and Broad Green and Sierra/Affinity to bring back the outrageous humor and characters that made this movie brand iconic in the first place.”


"Bad Santa has been a part of our family holiday tradition ever since we all saw it together at our neighborhood theatre," said Broad Green Pictures CEO Gabriel Hammond and CCO Daniel Hammond. "We are excited to bring this memorable character and new chapter back to the big screen."


David Thwaites will oversee the project for Miramax® and Victor Moyers for Broad Green Pictures. Principal photography will commence in January 2016 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


BAD SANTA 2 is the latest project in a busy Miramax® pipeline of new content: In July, Miramax® in partnership with Roadside Attractions released the critically acclaimed summer specialty box office hit MR. HOLMES starring Academy Award® nominees Ian McKellen and Laura Linney; in January, Miramax® partnered with Sony-Screen Gems on the release of the Kevin Hart comedy hit THE WEDDING RINGER; the supernatural thriller THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX starring Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon is in post-production and represents Miramax’s first foreign sales partnership with Sierra/Affinity; and as recently announced, Universal, Miramax® and StudioCanal are co-financing BRIDGET JONES’S BABY with Working Title producing. As a television studio, Miramax®also just jointly announced with El Rey Network the third season of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”, with season two having concluded on El Rey Network on October 27.


Since its inception, Broad Green Pictures has released nine films including A WALK IN THE WOODS, 99 HOMES, LEARNING TO DRIVE, I SMILE BACK and SAMBA. In addition to BAD SANTA 2, Broad Green’s upcoming slate includes SONG OF LAHORE, THE DARK HORSE, three films by Terrence Malick (KNIGHT OF CUPS, VOYAGE OF TIME and THE UNTITLED TERRENCE MALICK PROJECT), INFILTRATOR, starring Brian Cranston and BRAIN ON FIRE starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tyler Perry.


The deal was brokered on behalf of Miramax by Steve Hutensky and WME Global; Christopher Tricarico, EVP, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and Marc Danon, President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, handled for Broad Green. Thornton is repped by WME.


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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 Bridget Jones’s Baby, currently in 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,” now in its second 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 PatientShakespeare in LoveChicago and No Country for Old Men. More iconic titles from the library include critically acclaimed and commercial hits alike, such as Pulp FictionGood Will Hunting,Bridget Jones’s DiaryThe Aviator, the Scream film 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.