Disney+ Orders Tim Allen-Led Santa Clause Series

Tim Allen is reprising his role as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus for a Disney+ series.

According to Variety, the show -- based on the Santa Clause (with an "e") film franchise -- centers on a 65-year-old Scott Calvin coming to terms with the realization that his days as Old Saint Nick can't last forever. "He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole," the description reads. "With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole."

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The Santa Clause franchise first went down the chimney in 1994 with The Santa Clause, starring Allen as a divorced dad who becomes Santa after accidentally causing the former Kris Kringle to slip and fall off his roof. When he puts on the dead Saint Nick's coat to stay warm, he unwittingly falls victim to the eponymous "Santa Clause," meaning he must assume the responsibilities of his predecessor. While the original film didn't wow critics, it did well enough to warrant two sequels: 2002's The Santa Clause 2, in which Santa must find himself a Mrs. Claus, and 2006's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, in which Jack Frost tricks Scott into giving up his Santa role.

Of course, while Allen was playing a character adored by children across the globe, he was admittedly far from jolly on the set. "I'm not really a big fan of children. I have them. I like mine, kind of. I don't like other people's children," he recalled in January 2021. "And when we did Santa Clause, it was like cats, they wouldn't leave me alone. I mean, I'm dressed like Santa Claus. I looked like -- we had a North Pole set -- we used real children, and in one scene in a submarine, we're looking, we're waiting for the North Pole and the Air Force is flying over the North Pole. They had a sonar beacon. I said, 'Everybody gotta be quiet'... and these two kids were fighting in the back. The kid said one more word, and I let out the loudest F-bomb. And I turned around and there are 12 children, [who] looked like that you had ripped their legs off. Their Santa had just screamed the F-bomb."

Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt will serve as the executive producer and showrunner of The Santa Clause, with Allen also executive producing alongside Kevin Hench, Richard Baker and Rick Messina.

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Source: Variety

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