Disney has given us one final Christmas present with the news that one of the best-ever festive films will be getting a reboot of sorts.
Tim Allen will reprise his role as Calvin Scott in The Santa Clause, as the film franchise is set to be remade as a TV series airing on Disney Plus.
Rather than (God forbid) remaking the film, The Santa Clause TV series happens after the events of the trilogy, and sees Calvin considering his future as the man in the red suit.
According to Deadline, the actor-comedian, 68, will both star in and executive produce the series, which has a working title of simply The Santa Clause.
The original limited series sees dad-of-two Calvin nearing his 65th birthday and realising he can’t be Santa forever as he begins to struggle with the round-the-world workload.
He also begins to think that his family, including his now-grown-up children, would benefit from returning to normal life after growing up surrounded by elves and magic at the North Pole.
And so, the once-grinchy Calvin sets off to find his replacement, the perfect new Santa Claus – while also preparing to give up the suit and return to normality himself.
Production on the series is set to begin in March in Los Angeles, with Allen reuniting with Jack Burditt who will serve as a second executive producer and showrunner; Burditt had previously created Allen’s iconic sitcom Last Man Standing.
Last Man Standing writer and executive producer Kevin Hench will also executive produce the series, alongside Richard Baker and Rick Messina, Allen’s managers.
The original 1994 Santa Clause movie saw Allen star as divorced father Calvin, a lawyer who has custody of his son on Christmas Day.
After he accidentally causes the real-life Santa to fall from a roof, Calvin and his son are transported to the North Pole where an elf explains he needs to take Santa’s place before next Christmas – which Calvin, at first, is none too happy about.
It was a hit with viewers and had two sequels – The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and The Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause in 2006.