James Caan: Elf sequel 'will never happen'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 September 2020
James Caan

James Caan

James Caan has revealed that an 'Elf' sequel won't happen because of tension between star Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau

James Caan has revealed that an 'Elf' sequel "will never happen" because of tension between Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau.

'The Godfather' star played the father of Ferrell's character Buddy Hobbs in the festive classic and explained that he and the cast were prepared to make another movie, but it never came to be because of the friction between Favreau and the leading man.

James told Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan's Bull & Fox: "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.' "

The 80-year-old actor added: "The director and Will didn't get along very well. 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."

Favreau previously opened up how he made the 2003 film similar to the festive stories he grew up with.

He said: "They were looking for somebody to rewrite it and possibly direct it.

"And I remember reading it, and it clicked – if I made the world that he was from as though he grew up as an elf in 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer', one of those Rankin/Bass Christmas specials I grew up with, the everything fell into place tonally. So for a year, I rewrote the script."

Favreau also revealed that Buddy was a "darker" character in the original script for the project.

The 'Iron Man' director explained: "He was a darker character in the script I had read originally. The character became a bit more innocent, and the world became more of a pastiche of the Rankin/Bass films.

"The studio (New Line) read it and agreed to make it, and that's when I was brought on to direct."


  • 3 stars
  • 2003
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: David Berenbaum
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen

Buddy (Ferrell) is a big Elf who, though accepted in his Elvish community at the North Pole, manages to wreak havoc on a daily basis. Fed up and confused by his charge, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) sends him to the US in search of his true identity. Hilarious and puerile Yuletide comedy.

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