As Captain Kirk, William Shatner has saved the world on more than a few occasions. But could anything possibly prepare him for having to save Christmas?
We better hope so, writer/producer/"Die Hard" godfather Steven de Souza laughed – cause the holiday season is about to get seriously messed up. No, really messed up. As in so messed up the term messed up doesn’t even do it justice.
Shatner will star as the voice of Santa Claus in de Souza’s Rankin-Bass-esque animated “Gotta Catch Santa,” the filmmaker revealed, detailing a science-fiction fantasy plot which owes as much to quantum mechanics as it does to Christmas cheer.
“You know the emails you always get around Christmas that explain why Santa Claus can’t really exist – not because there’s no such thing as Santa Claus – but because in order to carry that payload of toys on re-entry, the reindeers would burn up. And then there’s a formula that proves this. Or other messages say that the problem isn’t re-entry, but launch, and there’s a formula about the energy a healthy male reindeer would be able to produce?” de Souza asked.
“Well, we start with a bunch of brainy kids kicking this idea around, and they stumble upon the actual method Santa uses – which involves quantum mechanics and a lot of dialogue that only William Shatner can say,” he continued. “And by attempting to get a photograph of Santa in order to win a contest or to prove his existence, they say, ‘We’ll just delay him for 10 seconds when he’s at our chimney.’ But we’re dealing with quantum physics here!
“You know this Collider they just opened up in France? People said, ‘That’s going to bring about the end of the world!’ Well, it’s not the Collider – it’s stopping Santa on his appointed rounds!”
It’s the end of the world as we know it only the kids and can save the holiday season by “joining up with Santa to stop an existential threat to our universe from entities that only an animator can provide because they’re too horrible to describe,” de Souza laughed.
What kind of entities? Think “Frosty meets Cthulhu,” de Souza said.
“Gotta Catch Santa” will air on a major network this Christmas.
Holy mother of God! This is either going to be the greatest thing ever, or the worst, but man oh man, am I intrigued. What do you think of “Gotta Catch Santa” based on the plot set-up? “Frosty meets Cthulhu?” Sound off on your thoughts below.