By Adam Sandel
Of the two holiday staple entertainments The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, one could argue that The Nutcracker is decidedly the most gay. Until now.
Chicago film critic Richard Knight, Jr., executive producers Tracy Baim and David Strzepek, and screenwriter Ellen Stoneking are collaborating to create a contemporary re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a gay twist.
Knight plans to make his film directing debut with the film Scrooge & Marley.
In Knight and company’s vision, there are plenty of reasons why the legendary anti-hero Ebenezer Scrooge could have become such a grouch, having come of age in the ‘70s, survived the AIDS era, and lost his partner Jacob Marley – whose ghost sets the story in motion.
Cast members already lined up include gay comedy icon Bruce Vilanch, model/actor Ronnie Kroell, Megan Cavanaugh and Rusty Schwimmer.
Regarding his participation in the project, Bruce Vilanch told dot429, “It’s always fun for a Jewish boy to get to do a Christmas picture. A gay Christmas picture is a bonus. And this Dickens guy is definitely going places.”
Scrooge & Marley is currently in the fundraising stage with an indiegogo.com online fundraising campaign. As of this writing, the campaign has raised only $2,300 of its $15,000 goal that must be reached before midnight on Wednesday, April 18.
If you’d like to help update a classic and make this gay holiday film a reality, visit the fundraising site here.
For more information on the movie and its production, visit the film’s website here.
“And God bless us everyone!”