If you look forward to watching A Christmas Story every year around the holidays -sometimes even more than once a year- then you’re in very good company. The iconic 1983 movie is based on the 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash about a fictional childhood in a made-up town in Indiana. While the stories that Jean Shepherd wrote about in his book weren’t real, they recalled some very nostalgic events for many people. Despite the fact the movie takes place in the late 1930s, there are elements that most American adults could almost claim are plucked from their own childhoods – even today.
Perhaps this is why so many people get excited about the film every year and why so many people are now chomping at the bit to see the sequel, A Christmas Story Christmas, coming to HBO November 17th, 2022.
The trailer/teaser for the new film was just released, but it doesn’t actually give much away. You see the camera pan over the fringed lampshade, now tucked away and forgotten about in an attic, while an audio clip of The Old Man plays where he famously adds a signature Italian flair to the word “fragile”.
Another shot shows the iconic (and very large) console radio in their living room, the same one Ralphie religiously listened to his radio shows on, including where he receives the Little Orphan Annie Secret Circle code which he then furiously deciphers while locked in the bathroom.
Then you hear Ralphie’s famous language mishap as the camera pans to a now-grown Ralphie, a role reprised by the blonde-haired Peter Billingsley who played the original Ralphie. Over the years there have been a few other spin-offs of Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic writings, including My Summer Story (1994) with Kieran Culkin. However, this film seems to be aimed much more at the diehard fans of the original film than the other releases have been. I guess the fans will be the real judges of that!
You can watch the teaser below for a taste of what’s to come.