We heard about this crazy premise back in January this year. “Sound ridiculous,” I wrote. “Take our money.” Well, the trailer has arrived – and my money is at the ready.
Fatman has Mel Gibson playing Chris Cringle, aka Santa Claus, who finds himself with a hit on his head after a 12-year-old kid receives a lump of coal in the stocking. Walton Goggins plays the hitman the kid hires to take him out. The plot also has Gibson’s Santa forced into a deal with the US military in order to save his dwindling Xmas biz.
The trailer, for the most part, plays it surprisingly straight, making it look like a darkly comedic action-thriller that just happens to have Father Christmas as one of the key players. Gibson has, understandably, become a bit more of a polarising figure over the years with his off-screen antics, but this writer, for one, still digs him at least on-screen quite a bit. Looking forward to seeing this one.
Fatman, directed and written by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms (Small Town Crime, Waffle Street), will be hitting limited US cinemas on November 13th before being released digitally on November 17th. The film is released in limited Australian cinemas on November 19th.
Official synopsis for Fatman:
To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. ‘Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.