Warner Bros. and Stampede Ventures have teamed up to produce a film based on Frosty the Snowman, the beloved Christmas character from a popular children’s song. The film, which will be a hybrid of live action and CGI technology, will star Jason Momoa as the voice of the title character.
Momoa, who is best known for his roles as Khal Drogo in the TV series Game of Thrones and Aquaman in the recent films based on DC Comics characters, might not be the first actor fans picture when they think of Frosty the Snowman. However, Stampede’s Greg Silverman, who will co-produce the film alongside Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Roy Lee, defended the casting choice.
“We know Jason as a true human being filled with love, compassion and a deep connection to ohana [family] — all of which is the living spirit of Xmas and Frosty,” Silverman told news source Deadline.
The film, which does not yet have a set release date, will be written by David Berenbaum, who boasts an impressive holiday film pedigree. Previously, Berenbaum worked together with Jon Berg on Elf, a film which many now consider to be mandatory viewing during the Christmas season. (Elf also featured a CGI-created snowman character, Leon, which Berenbaum helped to create).
The character of Frosty, a playful snowman who comes to life when a certain silk hat is placed upon his head, was first introduced to the world via a 1950 Christmas carol, written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys. Previously, Frosty has made a number of film and TV appearances, most notably as the star of a 1969 Christmas special animated by Rankin-Bass.
Jason Momoa already has plenty of experience with “fire” as a Dothraki warlord and “water” as the prince of Atlantis, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how he handles “ice” as everybody’s favorite Christmas snowman.