Bad Santa brings back such fond memories. Not only is it one of the funniest comedies over the last ten years, it’s a highly quotable movie as well. Billy Bob Thornton was tailor made for the role of Willie, the drunk, safe cracking lover of the ladies. And even with failed attempts to pigeon hole him with similar characters over the years, people still yearn for the Bad Santa. Sequel talk has been around for a while, but it seems we may be getting closer to reality with the hiring of director Steve Pink.
If the name Steve Pink doesn’t instantly ring a bell, don’t worry, you may have heard of a few things he was involved with. Mr. Pink was a writer on both Grosse Point Blank and High Fidelity and directed Hot Tub Time Machine and a couple episodes of Adult Swims Children’s Hospital (which if you’ve never seen, I highly recommend you do so). That’s not a bad resume. And while it's a little sad that the original director Terry Zwigoff (who also revised the Bad Santa script with Joel and Ethan Coen) won’t be around to give the sequel his unique look on things, Steve Pink isn’t a bad alternate.
If the sequel does continue to move forward and actually make it in front of the cameras, I hope the movie doesn’t get a case of the politically correct fever. What made the first movie so awesome was the joy it took in being crude and offensive. That’s also a big reason why so many people out there fell in love with the movie. Steve Pink is a guy who can get it done, let’s just hope he doesn’t kowtow to any sort of outside studio influence. I mean really, everyone knows that s**t happens when you party naked, and this movie will definitely need that.
Now if you will excuse me…I’M ON MY F***ING LUNCH BREAK.