Mel Gibson is going to play Santa Claus. Ruminate on that one for a moment, given the actor’s sordid history. But he’s no your typically lovable Santa, not in the upcoming film Fatman, which has just dropped its first image after being acquired by Saban Films.
The image shows Gibson with a thick shock of white hair on his head and on his face, and a tension grip, probably to help relieve the stress of his failing business empire. That didn’t stop Santa from giving a precocious 12-year-old boy a lump of coal in his stocking, causing the child to hire a hitman, played by Walton Goggins, to kill Santa.
The film is by writers/directors Eshom and Ian Nelms, who previously-directed Small Town Crimes, also under Saban Films.
Fatman is expected to open later this year, probably right around the holidays.