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One of the most expensive Christmas films of all time drops next week

Emma Guinness

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One of the most expensive Christmas films of all time drops next week

It's no secret that Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the most expensive, and this applies to films too.

Now, one of the most expensive Christmas films ever made, Spirited, is set to drop on Apple TV next week, and it's a retelling of a true holiday classic.

See if you can guess which one:



Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been reimagined countless times, including by the Muppets, and now it's the turn of Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to step into the shoes of Clint Briggs (a modern Ebenezer Scrooge) and the ghost of Christmas Present.

Spirited's official synopsis reads: "Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits.

"But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself re-examining his own past, present and future.

"For the first time, A Christmas Carol is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale."


As reported by Slash Films, these musical numbers are part of the reason that the film required a staggering $75 million budget.

Spirited has full-blown musical numbers. Credit: Apple TV / Spirited
Spirited has full-blown musical numbers. Credit: Apple TV / Spirited

The film is directed by Sean Anders of Instant Family, who also co-wrote the script alongside John Morris of We're The Millers.

There's some seriously impressive names involved in the holiday flick's musical numbers too, as they were written by La La Land's Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.


Reynolds told Empire that he found the film 'nerve-wracking' to make because of its musical numbers as he doesn't see himself as a proficient singer or dancer.

"I don't, before this, during, or after, profess to be a competent singer or dancer," he said.

"I'm used to getting on a film set and kind of being able to figure it out in the moment. That's not the case with a movie like this. You have to live, eat, breathe and sleep this routine. It was exciting, nerve-racking and terrifying. I was actually so scared that I'd go full circle, back to brave. I don’t think I would ever do it again.

"But I genuinely loved it."


Spirited will be available to stream on Apple TV from 18 November.

Featured Image Credit: Apple TV

Topics: TV and Film

Emma Guinness
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