EXCLUSIVE: We learn four holiday movies have been given HBO Max release dates as of Wednesday: Legendary’s Christmas story after, A Christmas Story Christmas for November 17 this year, and three Christmas titles from ESX Entertainment: Holiday Harmony and A Christmas mystery November 24 and A Hollywood Christmas on December 1.
A Christmas Story Christmas from director Clay Kaytis and producers Irwin Zwilling, Marc Toberoff, Cale Boyter, Jay Ashenfelter, Peter Billingsley and Vince Vaughn follow Ralphie, who is now grown up. He has to take care of Christmas and all that goes with it, this time as a dad. Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie. Erinn Hayes, Julianna Layne, River Drosche, RD Robb and Scott Schwartz as well as Zack Ward and Julie Hagerty also star.
The romantic drama Holiday Harmony from producers Ali Afshar, Lauren Swickard and Daniel Aspromonte, and directed by Shaun Paul Piccinino, follows singer-songwriter Gail, who lands an opportunity to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime hit at the big time, and heads through the country—coming only to Harmony Springs, Oklahoma, when his race, his budget, and all his hopes come to a standstill. With just two weeks to make it to iHeartRadio’s dream Christmas Eve performance, she follows the advice of local jack-of-all-trades Jeremy and confronts a group of misfit kids who hope to perform at a Christmas Eve gala to own them. Gail and Jeremy grow closer, but if she wants to fulfill her lifelong dream, she may have to leave him and the town she’s come to love.
The characteristics of the cast Annelise Cepero, Jeremy Sumpter, Carla Jimenez, Sisanie, Amy Brown, Michael Wiseman, Seth Colton, Sophia Reid-Gantzert, Jordyn Curet, Richard Perrie, Kayden Franco, Ryder Franco and Brooke Shields.
A Christmas mystery, also from Afshar and Aspromonte and producer Ava Rettke, are from director Alex Ranarivelo. Logline: 100 years ago, a bunch of Santa’s magic bells were discovered by a young boy in Pleasant Bay, Oregon, bringing a century of prosperity and peace to the small town. Now, a few days before Christmas, the bells are missing, and it’s up to a group of intrepid kids to crack the case, find the bells, and restore the magic of Christmas. The cast includes Violet McGraw, Eddie Cibrian, Christoph Sanders, Drew Powell, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, Santino Barnard and Leonardo Cecchi, with Beau Bridges and Oscar Nuñez.
A Hollywood Christmas, also from Afshar and Aspromonte and producer Christina Moore, centers on Jessica, a young, up-and-coming Hollywood filmmaker who has made a name for herself directing Christmas movies. But when handsome network executive Christopher shows up threatening to shut down production on his latest movie, Jessica’s assistant Reena points out the irony: Jessica isn’t just trying to save her Christmas movie, she’s living in done in one. Jessica must now juggle all the classic tropes — her actors falling and falling in love, a temperamental elf dog, and her own stirring romantic feelings for her perceived enemy — in order to bring her film and her life to their happy ending. The cast of the romantic comedy includes Jessika Van, Josh Swickard, Anissa Borrego, Riley Dandy, Zak Steiner, Tom Williamson, Emelia Hartford and Missi Pyle.
While Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav believes in the theatrical window, it’s for low-budget event films. Unlike other streamers who spend triple millions on direct streaming movies, this isn’t part of the new WBD-HBO Max plan.