Apple Shells Out a Whopping $65 Million for Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to Star in Live-Action Musical of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Considering Apple reportedly has a whopping $210 billion in cash laying around, they can afford to splurge on pet projects. Apparently a Christmas movie is one of them.
According to Variety, the tech behemoth is shelling out $35 million to Ryan Reynolds and north of $30 million for Will Ferrell to star in a new live-action musical of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The film will be written and directed by ‘Daddy’s Home’ filmmakers Sean Anders and John Morris, who are set to receive $10-$15 million for creating the movie and overseeing its production.
The astronomical figures technically include Reynolds and Ferrell’s producing fees, so they make a bit more sense in that context.
Anders and Morris also reportedly asked to retain the rights to the original music written for the film in addition to demanding a provision that would ensure the film’s copyright revert back to the filmmakers in 20 to 25 years. If you recall, this is a new trend in Hollywood we wrote about last week, so be prepared to see a lot more haggling over the issue going forward.
Apple hasn’t confirmed which star will play Scrooge with the other presumably playing a ghost, but we’re guessing Ferrell will be the scrooge (because he’s older and more scrooge-like) and Reynolds will be the ghost (because he’s funny and spry).