Bad Santa 2 is an upcoming American Christmas black comedy crime film directed by Mark Waters and written by Shauna Cross, Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal, and John Phillips. It is the sequel to the 2003 film Bad Santa. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Kathy Bates, and Christina Hendricks. Principal photography began on January 11, 2016 in Montreal. The film is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2016 by Broad Green Pictures.
In 2009, Billy Bob Thornton first mentioned the sequel to the 2003 crime comedy film Bad Santa, with an aim for release at Christmas 2011. On December 16, 2010, it was announced that Miramax and The Weinstein Company had signed on an agreement to develop sequels including Bad Santa’s. On March 18, 2011, TheWrap reported that Weinstein confirmed the sequel and negotiations had begun with Thornton to return for the lead role. On July 14, 2011, Los Angeles Times confirmed that Dimension Films and other producers on the film including Geyer Kosinski hired two writers Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips to work on the screenplay for the sequel. The sequel had been scheduled to begin shooting in the fall 2012 for December 2013 release. On July 30, 2012, it was reported that Steve Pink was in early talks with the studio to rewrite and direct the film. On May 30, 2013, it was revealed that Miramax has hired Entourage creator Doug Ellin to rewrite the script and to possibly direct the sequel.