The Santa Clause is an iconic Christmas movie that has made countless people happy over the years, but the franchise has one star who disappeared after the second film, and now they're explaining why. Fans of the classic holiday series will remember that actor David Krumholtz played Bernard the elf, opposite Allen, in The Santa Clause (1994), and its sequel, The Santa Clause 2 (2002). He did not, however, turn up in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which was released in 2006.
Krumholtz recently opened up about why he didn't join the cast for the third film, telling Vulture, "Well, the story about my scheduling is true, but somehow also untrue. Yes, I feel that way. Bernard was in the third movie. They sent me the script, I had a pretty significant role. We did work out the schedule, which was going to be hellish on me, but I was going to make it work. And it was all set to go. But I would say that the character got devalued a little bit and I couldn't in good conscience do it."
Krumholtz went on to offer his take on The Santa Clause 3, saying, "The third one, I've tried to watch. It's not the same. I think the first two are really special. The first one's a classic, obviously. It's wild to be part of something that's lasted this long, that plays every single year and has become tradition in people's homes. I could never have imagined that I'd be having this conversation years later."
The Santa Clause is one of the most beloved holiday film franchises of all-time, and now Allen is set to star in a Disney+ sequel series from the Last Man Standing team. According to Deadline, the comedian will reprise his role as Scott Calvin, a toy company exec-turned-Father Christmas, in the new series, which he will also executive produce. The new show, possibly titled The Last Cause, re-teams Allen with Jack Burditt, the creator of Last Man Standing, Allen's hot sitcom which aired on ABC and them moved to Fox. Burditt will serve as a co-executive producer, as well as showrunner, of the new series.
Per Deadline, the series will follow Calvin "on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can't be Santa forever. He's starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he's got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole." The series is set to begin filming in March. At this time, no premiere date has been announced.