Sean McNamara (“Soul Surfer”) has signed on to helm “Young Santa,” a live-action adaptation of ‘Wizard of Oz’ author L. Frank Baum’s 1902 book “The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus.”
David Casci adapted the screenplay about how a little boy became Father Christmas. Joel Smith, Gudrun Giddings, David Brookwell, Daniel Wagner and Christian Arnold-Beutel are producing.
Famous stop motion animators Rankin-Bass produced a TV special based on the work back in 1985. It was the company’s last stop motion effort.
A traditionally animated adaptation was released in 2000, while a new animated version went into development in 2010 but never progressed and has seemingly collapsed.