I remember as a kid getting excited to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mostly because, when I was much younger, the kids at school assured me that the "real" Santa Claus went to this parade. All the others were fakes, even the ones in the store, but the Santa at the parade? He was the real guy. I often wondered what it would be like if the various floats came to life and rampaged through the city, and although I probably won't get the rampaging part, it seems I might get to see that happen in a movie.
According to Hollywood Reporter, producers Raymond Brothers and Scott Glassgold have bought the rights to develop a film based on the world-famous parade. They are meeting with writers and creatively looking at all ideas to get the film project off the ground (pun kinda intended), including an idea where the parade floats all come to life. They won over Macy's executives with storyboards drawn by Joel Venti (THOR, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN) and got the go ahead for the project. "We are always searching for the next MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET," said Macy's exec Robin Hall.
Since this is geared to be a family film, the idea of giant Snoopy or giant Homer Simpson eating the New York parade-watchers probably isn't in the cards. But maybe they'll fight through the streets of New York. I still watch the parade every year, and I think if done with care, this film could have serious family film potential. What do you think?