Peter Billingsley, circa 1988. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
A Christmas
Story Fans Don't
Seem To Have A
Lot Of Hope For
HBO Max's Sequel
1983’s "A Christmas Story" is a nostalgic, dryly funny holiday classic, and now the Parker family is returning for more holiday hijinks. Starring Peter Billingsley in his return as Ralphie, HBO Max's upcoming "A Christmas Story Christmas" will follow Ralphie as an adult in the 1970s, but despite the original cast members' involvement, fans are wary of the upcoming sequel.
The teaser for "A Christmas Story Christmas" has a warm and fuzzy feeling, but that doesn’t entirely extend to the video's comments section. "Why? The movie is legendary and a sequel isn't needed," remarked thaneros. Ian Lewis added, "Ya'll better have not screwed this up!!!!" One Redditor, u/InvisibleEar, had a more drastic solution: "Maybe we need to take a break from making movies."
Most fans' hesitancy comes from previous — and disastrous — attempts at a sequel, including 1994’s "My Summer Story" that didn’t include any original cast members and 2012’s straight-to-video "A Christmas Story 2," which was roundly panned. Some fans are cautiously optimistic like Ultra Rare on YouTube who’s "looking forward to this one considering Billingsley is back."