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What we know about Apple’s new musical adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The film will star Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds with Octavia Spencer in talks to join the cast

Leo G. Carroll as Marley’s Ghost confronts Reginold Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
Leo G. Carroll as Marley’s Ghost confronts Reginold Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
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How many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is too many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”?

Apparently, we haven’t reached the threshold yet as Collider reports that Apple TV is moving forward with “Spirited,” a new musical reimagining of the classic yuletide story starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, with Octavia Spencer in talks to sign on.

According to AV Club, the new film is set to be written and directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, the comedic minds behind Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s popular “Daddy’s Homemovies.

Collider reports that Reynolds will play the Ebenezer Scrooge-like character who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. According to the site, Ferrell is slated to play the Ghost of Christmas Present and Spencer is nearing a deal to join the cast playing one of Reynolds’ co-workers who helps Christmas Present teach kindness during the holiday season.

Sam Barsanti of AV Club notes that Spencer’s character description implies some twists in the traditional “A Christmas Carol” story as “the Scrooge character is usually the only one who interacts with the ghosts.”

Since 1901, nearly two dozen feature adaptations of the classic tale have been made, Comingsoon.net reports, including Bill Murray’s “Scrooged,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” Robert Zemeckis’ 2009 animated film starring Jim Carrey, and the 1984 film starring Oscar winner George C. Scott. There is currently no clear timetable detailing when “Spirited” is expected to to be filmed or released.