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Andy Fickman to direct Best Christmas Pageant Ever

April 4th, 2012 by Paul Martin

Walden Media’s getting into the holiday spirit, tapping Andy Fickman to direct “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Fickman recently completed Walden’s “Parental Guidance,” starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei which will be released on Nov. 21.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” centers on a suburban slacker mom who gets roped into directing her town’s Christmas pageant and gets stuck with the “worst kids in the history of the world” as her cast.

Gerald R. Molen, Chet Thomas and Darin McDaniel are producing with Fickman, Betsy Sullenger and Kelly Charles Crabb exec producing.

Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan are scripting “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” based on the HarperCollins book of the same name by Barbara Robinson. Novella, originally published in McCall’s magazine in 1972, has been turned into a play, a TV movie and a book.

Walden acquired the feature rights in 2010.