We’re getting yet another telling of that Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol this year. But, at least this one is being directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey.
A Christmas Carol 2009-style will be animated but brought to life with the state-of-the-art motion capture effects Zemeckis used for the ground-breaking and underappreciated Beowulf (2007) and the earlier more family-friendly fare The Polar Express (2004).
After bringing us the Back to the Future series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Contact, Castaway and What Lies Beneath, it seems the Academy Award-winner is working exclusively in the IMAX 3D realm these days.
Zemeckis has turned Carrey into a decrepid old Ebenezer Scrooge, the Victorian-era miser who of course is taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Forty-seven-year-old Carrey is also playing the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Ye to Come – before he takes on the role of Curley in The Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges movie.
Also appearing in A Christmas Carol is Gary Oldman as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, as well as Bob Hoskins (Roger Rabbit), Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Princess Bride pair Cary Elwes and Robin Wright-Penn.
The movie will be released in early November.