James Caan, during a new interview, explained that an Elf sequel starring Will Ferrell and himself would never come to fruition because Jon Favreau and Will “didn’t get along.”
During an appearence on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan’s Bull and Fox this Friday, Caan reflected on the early 2000s, a time during which he said he was looking forward to getting a franchise so he could make some money and his kids could do what they wanted. Will wanted to do it, and it was written into the contract, but they didn’t get along.
Back in 2003, following the release of the movie, Ferrell shot down the idea. He didn’t blame Favreau, however. During a conversation with Uproxx, Ferrell said “absolutely not” at the idea of starring as Elf once again.
He claimed it would be slightly pathetic to see a middle-aged men squeeze back into his tights again. Even though the director and its star didn’t always get along, the movie was a massive hit. Made for just $33 million, the film went on to make $220.4 million at the box office.
Elf starred Ferrell, Caan, Zoey Deschanel, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris, and many other stars. These days, Jon has been working on the new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Since Elf was released, the film has become a Christmas classic. It airs every year on some of the biggest networks every holiday season.
According to the movie’s Wikipedia page, Elf is often described as one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. The film stars Will Ferrell as an elf who never fit in with the other elves at the North Pole where Santa and his crew make toys for the children every year.
At the start of the film, Will Ferrell‘s character is at the North Pole where he slowly realizes that he’s not an elf like the other workers. Santa then tells him that he was born to two humans in New York City, and he subsequently goes on an adventure to find his mother and father.
After meeting once again, they’re incredulous when Buddy tells them he’s an Elf from the north pole.