Jim Carrey’s doing Christmas again… as Scrooge

As someone who grew up watching the animated Dr. Seuss The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I absolutely cringed when I heard it was being made into a live-action film. I vowed never to see it on general principle. Eventually I did, of course—it was on television one night, I suppose—and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. And surprised at how good Jim Carrey was as The Grinch.

Now I am old and jaded and have long ago admitted that whether I like him or not, Jim Carrey has “surprised” me with a great performance in enough roles, now, that it’s really not something I can call a surprise anymore. He’s good. He’s a comic mastermind and makes an eerily good bad guy as well.

So when I read that he’s been confirmed for the upcoming Christmas Carol remake, I was actually rather pleased. I mean, of course. Carrey as Scrooge. It makes perfect sense. Though this time, instead of going from animation to live-action, it’s the other way around. Sort of.

Jim Carrey will play Ebenezer Scrooge plus the three ghosts that haunt him in “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale that Robert Zemeckis wrote and will direct for Walt Disney Pictures.

Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce through ImageMovers Digital. The trio recently made an overall Disney deal for their ImageMovers banner.

Zemeckis will shoot the film using “performance capture/Disney digital 3-D” animation, a continuing evolution of techniques he introduced in “Polar Express” and continues with “Beo-wulf,” the upcoming film that stars Angelina Jolie.

“A Christmas Carol” will feature a touch of live action and computer graphics, the latter of which ImageMovers employed in the Gil Kenan-directed “Monster House.”

The technology provides a playground for the chameleon-like Carrey, who will act the character of Scrooge through the periods of his life, as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Zemeckis wrote the script specifically with Carrey in mind, and the actor said yes straight away.

So many blended techniques… as soon as I read the part about there being a “touch of live action and computer graphics” my mind started running through A Christmas Carol as a bizarre offshoot of The Mask. I’m sure it won’t be anything like that, but remember back when The Mask came out and we were all so impressed by the visual effects? What? No? That’s just me? Okay, nevermind.

Anyway. I’m looking forward to December.

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