David Talbert & Will Packer Talk ‘Almost Christmas’
David Talbert knew he wanted to make a holiday film, but turns out he had the wrong holiday. After penning the script for what would become Almost Christmas the writer and director passed it off to super producer Will Packer, who wanted to make one tiny change.
“Dave and I had been looking for something to work together on,” Packer explained. “He sends me this script; it had heart, it had humor; it had everything you want in this type of film. It was only one thing that I wanted to change about it. Dave’s original script was set around Thanksgiving. I said, ‘Dave can we make it a Christmas movie?’ He said, ‘Let’s go.'”
Almost Christmas centers around the patriarch of a big, dysfunctional family. He loves his children and grandchildren dearly and only wants one thing for Christmas–everyone to get along. When the whole family comes home for the holidays, drama–and lots of laughs–ensues and their bond is tested. While there are some difficult moments between the family, love and laughter save the day.
“I felt like we hadn’t seen a family that looks like this on the big screen in some time doing a holiday movie in quite some time,” Packer said of the relatable film, which features a cast of veteran actors.
Almost Christmas stars Danny Glover, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, JB Smoove, Kimberly Elise, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly.
It’s in theaters nationwide.