By Randal C. Hill
Brian Grazer, one of the producers of the forthcoming “Candy Cane Lane,” can hardly contain his enthusiasm when he gushes, “I can’t wait for the world to see Candy Cane Lane! I’ve wanted to make a Christmas movie my whole life, but I wanted to do something fresh and surprising. Eddie Murphy in this hilarious cast really brings the funny.”
“Candy Cane Lane” centers on Chris (Eddie Murphy) as a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home-decoration contest. After he makes a deal with a rascally elf named Pepper to improve his chances of winning, Pepper casts a spell that brings the 12 days of Christmas to life but, in the process, wreaks havoc on the town. Chris, Carol and their three children race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle devious characters, try to contain mayhem and salvage Christmas for everyone.
In addition to featuring Murphy in his latest star turn, the cast also includes Tracee Ellis Ross (Diana Ross’s daughter) as Eddie’s wife Carol, and Jillian Bell as Pepper.
The screenplay was written by Kelly Younger (“Frozen II,” the Muppets movies), an English professor who moonlights in the world of celluloid magic and was inspired by his childhood experiences in El Segundo, a working-class beach suburb near the Los Angeles airport. According to Younger, for three weeks each December, Acacia Street, a cul-de-sac of 26 traditional tract houses, magically morphs into Candy Cane Lane when residents there put out lights and decorations for strolling spectators to enjoy.
The holiday fun-fest will be released on December 1 and available on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the globe.