Yes, friends, whether you like it or not we're finally getting that long-awaited Christmas Story sequel no one ever asked for this October 30, courtesy of Warner Home Entertainment, which means it's going straight to DVD/Blu-ray. Jingle All the Way director Brian Levant (who our own Scott Weinberg called a "soft-focus tripod" via Twitter) is behind this one, with a story that looks to pick up with Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters) as a teenager who desperately wants a
Red Ryder 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible for Christmas. Daniel Stern will play Ralphie's "Old Man," while Stacey Travis is his mother, and Valin Shinyei is brother Randy. Don't worry, both Flick (David W. Thompson) and Schwartz (David Buehrle) are in it too.
But before you freak out thinking they've ruined Ralphie and his family forever with a lame direct-to-DVD sequel, this isn't the first time they've attempted to recapture the magic of the original. The family returned, sans its original cast members, in 1988 for Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, where a young Jerry O'Connell played Ralphie.
Then, in 1994, Clark even returned to the franchise for It Runs in the Family (previously titled My Summer Story), featuring Charles Grodin as "The Old Man" and Kieran Culkin as Ralphie. The only connecting tissue between all three films was Jean Shepherd, who wrote the original story A Christmas Story is based on. He provided the "older Ralphie" narration throughout the three films. A few of the characters also appeared in an 1982 episode of American Playhouse where a young Matt Dillon played Ralph. Shepherd passed away in 1999, and based on the sequel's cast list, it doesn't appear they've replaced him with a different narrator for the new film.
As much as we want to roll our eyes at this, deep inside the part of us that loves the original unconditionally can't help but be morbidly curious as to what this sequel will look like. Are we the only ones? Will you rent or buy this when it hits shelves on October 30?
[Thanks to Ryan Turek for the tip]