EXCLUSIVE: New Line has pre-emptively bought an untitled Mariah Carey Christmas pitch from RatPac Entertainment, writers David Diamond and David Weissman and producer Jon Shestack. The plan is for Carey to play a major role in the film. The project came about when Carey brought an idea to RatPac principal and her pal Brett Ratner for a movie about Christmas. The yuletide season is special for Carey, who wrote and performed “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” a 1994 tune that has sold more than 14 million copies globally to become the biggest holiday perennial in recent memory and the biggest international hit of Carey’s career.
It’s a reconnect for the writers with Ratner; they collaborated on the 2000 Ratner-directed hit The Family Man, which starred Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. They are keeping the plot of the Xmas film under wraps, but the holiday is at the film’s center, along with a theme of how the power of music can transport you back in time to your truest and most authentic feelings. The plan is to include feature songs from all different artists in addition to songs by Carey.
Shestack will produce with Ratner, and James Packer and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment will executive produce. Toby Emmerich and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line Cinema. Carey is repped by CAA and WikkedCat. The scribes, who are writing Last Vegas 2 for CBS Films, are repped by WME and Linda Lichter.