Ebenezer Scrooge is back in a made-for-TV film produced by Coral Ridge Ministries. The ill-tempered miser is played by skilled Christian actor Dean Jones, widely acclaimed for his acting ability in St. John in Exile and well-known for many Disney movies and Broadway shows. This new dramatic comedy and modern parable is designed to “harness the power of Dickens’ tale to tell the astonishing truth about Christ’s profound impact on the world.” The tale is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and on the best-selling book What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? The drama is set in a quaint, fictional New England town. Jones plays an atheist and personal injury lawyer who hates Christmas with a passion and is incensed at a manger scene outside City Hall. The film attempts to join family entertainment with a gripping story of spiritual transformation based on the true meaning of Christmas.
“Scrooge & Marley” was shot on film this past September at Universal Studios (LA) and Fort Lauderdale, with a cast and crew of more than 90 people. The Marley character is played by actor Reg Grant. The writer/director is Fred Holmes, an experienced Hollywood film and television director with “The Wonder Years”, “Doogie Howser,” and the PBS children’s series, “Wishbone,” to his credit. The cost for production, promotion and airing was approximately $2.5 million. The film premieres Christmas week on nationwide television and December 29/30 on The Coral Ridge Hour. Airtimes will be posted at www.scroogeandmarley.tv/airtimes.asp