Blame Love Actually for making an epic, starstudded romantic comedy all about Christmas. Or blame American film studios, who have to copy everything that the UK does in the hopes of making a dime. The latter, with Garry Marshall as director, were responsible for 2010′s lukewarm Valentine’s Day, as well as its groan-inducing “sequel” New Year’s Eve, currently filming in New York City. Now movie producers are circling the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the subject of the next holiday-centric movie.
No, it’s not Marshall attempting a hat trick; this is the brainchild of Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers, who envision a family-friendly film that could reach similar success as Elf and Night at the Museum. Macy’s is all for it, with a representative saying, “We are always searching for the next Miracle on 34th Street.” Rumor has it the producers are considering a scenario where the amazingly large balloons come to life.
Now stop right there. Sappy rom-coms we can handle — I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at Julia Roberts‘ storyline in Valentine’s Day — but not little-kid flicks. If Hollywood had to crank out more holiday movies, these are the ones we’d want to see.
- St. Patrick’s Day: Starcrossed lovers meet while on a pub crawl, but can’t find each other again in the sea of green. Plus, you can cast lots of hot Irish actors like Colin Farrell or Cillian Murphy.
- Birthday: This is the perfect holiday to adapt, because you’ve got a) the people who hate their birthdays; b) a Selena Gomez-type celebrating her sweet sixteen; c) a girl whose boyfriend forgot; and d) a serial killer going after a young woman on her special day. (No, that’s really an actual movie.)
- Cinco de Mayo: Drunken misadventures of two guys who get lost in Mexico — a feel-good buddy movie.
- Halloween: Oh, they’ve done that one already?
- April Fools’ Day: I could see someone like Judd Apatow jumping on this, and just coming up with lots of ingenious and hilarious pranks.
If any of these get developed, I expect a check and a story credit. Also, let’s take a brief moment to remember the holiday-centric movies that didn’t make us want to gouge out our eyeballs: Groundhog Day, Independence Day, and A Christmas Story.