Actor and comedian Tim Allen is slated to return to the North Pole as the star and executive producer of a new “Santa Clause” series scheduled for Disney Plus.
The new project brings back “Scott Calvin” from the original trilogy of “The Santa Clause” films launched in 1994. “The Santa Clause 2” was released in 2002, while the third film, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” completed the original trilogy in 2006.
Production is reportedly scheduled for March of this year.
“Calvin (Allen) is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties and, more important, 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. 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,” Deadline reported on Friday.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) January 14, 2022
Disney announced on Friday that Jack Burditt (“30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) is the executive producer and showrunner, and Kevin Hench (“Last Man Standing”), Richard Baker, and Rick Messina also serve as executive producers.
Allen’s voice has become well-known to many film lovers as the voice of the iconic “Toy Story” series of films. His role as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, shouting, “To infinity and beyond,” has touched the lives of millions of film lovers.
In more recent years, Allen has starred in the television series “Last Man Standing” that concluded last year after nine seasons. The Daily Wire previously reported about Allen’s farewell message regarding the series:
Tim Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” will be coming to a close on Thursday night after a nine-season run and one network change. Ahead of the final episode, Allen thanked fans for their support and commitment over the years.
“I don’t want to wrap up this story,” Allen said in the video he shared on Twitter.
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 20, 2021
Allen’s co-star, Nancy Travis, said that we will remember the great time she had throughout the years.
“I will just take away the memory of having a great time,” she said.
Speaking with Fox News, Allen said he had to hold back tears when shooting the final episode.
“Our prop guy said, ‘Which of these did you want to take?’ and it was pictures of the family from the hallway that was going away,” Allen said. “I walked in and looked at Nancy and [I’m] literally surprised I got through that scene.”
“She really looked at me [and said], ‘Are you OK?’ and I was not OK,” he added.
Nancy Travis said that somber departures are part of working on a long-running show.
“It’s the nature of what we do,” she said. “But this job, in particular, we just all formed such close bonds and relationships.”
“We just tried to portray a family and the nuances of a family, and the relationships within a family. To be able to bring that into somebody’s living room every single week is pretty incredible,” she added.