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2020 Movie Watchlist: ‘Fatman’

Fret not, fellow movie lovers! While the biggest, most-anticipated blockbusters of the year keep getting delayed, there are still plenty of delicious cinematic nuggets to look forward to throughout these last few months.

Saban Films recently announced their acquisition of one such project. I’m talking about Fatman, a dark comedy starring Mel Gibson as jolly, old Saint Nicholas and the always welcomed Walter Goggins as an assassin sent to kill him at the behest of a vengeful preteen who discovered a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking.

If Gibson and Goggins weren’t starring, Fatman would have shot up my list of most-anticipated films for the rest of the year thanks to its darkly quirky premise alone. The fact that such powerhouse performers agreed to lead this picture only heightens my excitement.

The icing on Fatman cinematic cake is Eshom and Ian Nelms, who together wrote and directed the film. Though I was not familiar with these filmmakers until I stumbled across this little gem, I did look them up and what I found only solidified my hopes. Prior to Fatman, the duo wrote and directed a similarly dark crime comedy in 2018 called Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson and Octavia Spencer. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film boasts a strong 77% critic rating and a solid 67% audience rating.

Saban reportedly plans to announce a release date for Fatman at a later date, but with the film complete and this news coming to us now, I expect the film will land somewhere inside the holiday 2020 window. After such a tumultuous year, it’d sure be nice if Christmas could come a little extra early for movie fans this year!


Those are my thoughts and everything we know so far about Fatman! What do you think? Does this sound like something you’re going to check out? Sound off in the comments below and let me and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts!

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