A movie based on the Wham song ‘Last Christmas’ is coming from Emma Thompson

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Since I’ve already seen Christmas decorations for sale this summer (really?), I feel it’s okay to discuss some upcoming holiday news. If there weren’t enough Christmas-themed movies to jam the holiday spirit down your throat (thanks, Freeform and the Hallmark Channel), there’s now one coming based on one of the most beloved Christmas songs in recent history not sung by Mariah Carey.

Last month, Deadline reported that Universal acquired a script penned by actress Emma Thompson and British performance artist Bryony Kimmings based on the 1984 hit by Wham. Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids and the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters (which I liked)m is slated to direct this new project. Side note: Paul has been killing it on Netflix’s The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.

There aren’t many details about the movie, except that it’s a romantic story set in London and, presumably, someone gives someone else their heart and the very next day, that person gives it away. Sorry for the spoiler.

In an interview with England’s Radio Times, Bryony said that the idea for the project came from Emma, her husband Greg Wise and George Michael himself. She revealed, “When I came on board, George was up for it, he’d already signed something to say yes, but he’d passed away and Greg and Emma were still very keen to write it.” Bryony worked on the first draft of the script, while Emma wrote the second, final draft.

If Bryony has her way, there may be roles for some trans actors, as she told RT that George’s gay rights advocacy inspired her while she was working on the script, noting,

“[When] I wrote my draft, I tried to slip in some trans people and make sure there was queer politics in there. I don’t know how much of that remains!”

“I doubt there’ll be a trans lead. But I hope that there’s quite an element of queer in there, because you know it’s the story – it’s based on the song, Last Christmas.”

“George was such a massive advocate for gay rights – and a massive gay himself! – so I hope there’s a gay narrative in there.”

[From Radio Times]

I will admit that I border on being a “bah humbug” kind of person around Christmas time, as I don’t have kids, or decorate, or really get much into the spirit, but this project sounds intriguing. A lot of people forget that Emma got her start in comedy, working with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (who all were on my favorite episode of The Young Ones together) and Paul has done some solid comedy work. Yes, even Ghostbusters. This could be a new holiday movie staple, along with Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Chez Corey. I just hope the movie is more exciting than the video. I forgot what a snooze it was, save for George’s glorious 80s mane.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t like that song. I cringe every time it comes on, any version of it.

    But I do love Emma Thompson and a good British rom-com, so maybe this will change my opinion, haha.

    • Queenb says:

      I dont know any person who even remotely enjoys the permanent barrage of that awful piece of torturous sounds around christmas time.

      • SamC says:

        Different strokes…I love this and pretty much all fun poppy Christmas songs.

      • Laura says:

        I do! It’s one of my favorite X-mas songs. I’m excited for this! I love Emma Thompson and am happy that she got George’s blessing before he passed.

    • Yes Doubtful says:

      I hate that song!

  2. HelloSunshine says:

    Omg Corey, spoiler alert BEFORE the spoiler. Movie ruined for me 😉

    Meh, it sounds like it could be cute. I might give it a try on Netflix or Hulu when it gets there

  3. aang says:

    First thoughts were no and why?. Then I saw Emma Thompson was involved and thought oh, ok. I kind of love everything she does.

  4. Dazeem, Adele says:

    Corey: I, too liked the reboot of Ghostbusters. Glad to hear I’m not alone. I liked it the first time and subsequent viewings I really liked it, one of those ‘grow on you’ type of movies.

    This weekend I passively watched Tammy again (another Melissa Mccarthy flick) and it grew on me on second viewing as well. Maybe it’s her lol.

  5. Ela says:

    I would totally be there for a Careless Whispers movie. Ohhh, the angst.

  6. Marianne says:

    A movie based around that song kind of sounds like her storyline in Love, actually right?

  7. Chloe says:

    I’m here to say I LOVE THAT SONG AND IM GOING TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. It doesn’t matter how bad it is. If it’s any good, I’ll cry at least twice (or at least that’s how I judge my Hallmark movies).

  8. Stephie says:

    Omg! I love Emma and her husband, Willoughby from Sense & Sensibility. I am so up for another good British comedy like Love Actually, 4 Weddings, etc.

  9. Grey says:

    Gay =\= Trans