'Bad Santa 2' Is Happening, Doug Ellin To Write And Direct

It's official, a Bad Santa 2 is happening -- whether we like it or not.  Doug Ellin has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay with the possibility to also direct the film.  It has pretty much all but been confirmed that star Billy Bob Thornton will return as the foul-mannered department store Santa.
Doug Ellin has signed to rewrite and possibly direct Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the 2003 R-rated classic black comedy that starred Billy Bob Thornton in the title role, along with the late Bernic Mac and John Ritter. Ellin rewrites a script by Johnny Rosenthal. The picture resides at Miramax, and Geyer Kosinski is producing it through his Media Talent Group banner. Some things need to fall into place for this one. Ellin, for one, has turned in his script for the movie version of the hit HBO series Entourage and is waiting to see when he will direct it. Ellin has started on Bad Santa 2, though.
Source: Deadline