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Why Was There Never a Sequel to ‘Elf’? Turns Out Will Ferrell Hates Jon Favreau

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Elf. Who doesn’t love Elf? It’s probably the perfect Christmas movie with a combination of slapstick, dry wit, nostalgic references, a Peter Dinklage fight scene, a sweet family story and a smoking-hot 22-year-old Zooey Deschanel. It’s like Jon Favreau and David Berenbaum took all those terrible Christmas specials you watched growing up, threw them into a rock tumbler and smoothed them down until you got something that is actually beautiful. I watch it every single Christmas.

It’s shocking that there was never a sequel seeing as how so many bad Christmas movies have had multiple, terrible sequels, why wouldn’t there be a whole series spun off from one the few actual good Christmas movies? The answer, according to co-star James Caan, is that star Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau hate each other so much they couldn’t put it aside Ben for a massive payday. Via The Wrap:

“We were gonna do it and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do.’ And the director and Will didn’t get along very well,” Caan told Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan’s Bull & Fox show on Friday. “So, Will wanted to do it, he didn’t want the director, and he had it in his contract, it was one of those things.”

Yeah, I don’t like Jon Favreau either. I can’t stand any of those Pod Save America assholes, I would much rather listen to Chapo Trap House or Cum Town. Oh, it’s not the same Jon Favreau? There’s two Christopher Lloyds, too, you know.

So we’re never going to see an Elf 2, but we did get Noelle last year and that has a similar plot of someone from the North Pole coming to the real world and learning how to fit in and it stars Anna Kendrick, who is also smoking hot. Elf and The Hebrew Hammer both came out for Christmas in 2003 and showed Christmas movies can actually be good, so even if we never get another Elf, every Christmas movie that doesn’t totally suck owes it a debt.

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