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Reacher’s Alan Ritchson to Star in a Holiday Family Comedy Film by Adam Shankman – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Reacher’s Alan Ritchson to Star in a Holiday Family Comedy Film by Adam Shankman



Alan Ritchson, known for his leading role in the Amazon original series Reacher, is renewing his collaboration with Amazon for a new project. This comes right after Ritchson starred alongside Vin Diesel in Fast X. The new project is a family comedy titled The Man with the Bag, which will be directed by Adam Shankman based on a screenplay by Allan Rice, according to Deadline.

The film, currently in the works at Amazon Studios, tells the story of the theft of Santa’s magical bag. The plot thickens as Santa turns to Vance, played by Ritchson, a past offender on his naughty list, for help. Vance, along with his daughter, Santa, and a team of quirky elves, embark on a mission to retrieve the stolen bag, staging what could be the most significant heist of his life to ensure Christmas is saved.

Ritchson’s three-picture acting deal with Amazon Studios includes The Man with the Bag, reinforcing his relationship with the online streaming giant. The production will be managed by an experienced team of producers, including Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard, Reg Tigerman, Dan Spilo, and Ritchson himself.

In addition to his work with Amazon, Ritchson has a diverse and notable portfolio of current and upcoming projects. He recently played Aimes in Fast X, the new leader of Mr. Nobody’s covert agency. The actor has also wrapped up the second season of Reacher and Guy Ritchie’s WWII picture The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare for Black Bear International. Moviegoers can look forward to seeing him star opposite Hilary Swank in Lionsgate’s drama Ordinary Angels, set to be released on October 13th.

Adam Shankman, the director of The Man with the Bag, has an impressive portfolio of films he has directed and produced. His recent work includes directing the sequel to Enchanted titled Disenchanted for Disney+. Shankman has also directed well-known projects such as Hairspray, Bringing Down the House, Walk to Remember, and The Wedding Planner.

Both Ritchson and Shankman are represented by industry-leading agencies. Ritchson is represented by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Meanwhile, Shankman is represented by UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Allan Rice, the scriptwriter of The Man with the Bag, is represented by A3 Artists Agency, Tigerman Management, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Overall, The Man with the Bag is an exciting addition to Amazon Studios’ lineup of family comedies. With a talented cast and crew, it is sure to be a holiday hit.

Alan Ritchson is renewing his collaboration with Amazon for a new project, just right after the premiere of Fast Xwhere he starred alongside Vin Diesel. Ritchson will lead the film The Man with the Baga forthcoming family comedy set around the holiday season. The movie will be helmed by Adam Shankman, based on a screenplay by Allan Rice according to Deadline.


The Man with the Bagcurrently in the works at Amazon Studios, weaves an intriguing story following the theft of Santa’s magical bag. The plot thickens as Santa resorts to his naughty list to seek assistance from a past offender, Vance, played by Ritchson. Vance, alongside his daughter, Santa, and a team of quirky elves, embarks on a mission to retrieve the stolen bag, staging what could be the most significant heist of his life to ensure Christmas is saved​​.

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The film falls under Ritchson’s three-picture acting deal with Amazon Studios, thus reinforcing his relationship with the online streaming giant. Notably, the production of “The Man with the Bag” will be managed by an experienced team of producers, including Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard, Reg Tigerman, Dan Spilo, and Ritchson himself​​.

Ritchson is widely known for his leading role in Reachera series based on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. This Amazon original series has made a place for itself within Prime Video subscribers as it is one of the most-watched shows within the platform. Due to this fact, it was able to reach Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings top spot, making it the first Prime Video show to do so. Coming from its first season’s success, Amazon Studios gave the second season a go signal.

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In addition to his work with Amazon, Ritchson’s current and upcoming projects are diverse and notable. He recently played Aimes in Fast Xthe new leader of Mr. Nobody’s covert agency. The actor has also wrapped up the second season of Reacher and Guy Ritchie’s WWII picture The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare for Black Bear International. Moviegoers can look forward to seeing him star opposite Hilary Swank in Lionsgate’s drama Ordinary Angels, set to be released on October 13th​​.

Adam Shankman, the director of The Man with the Bag, has a robust portfolio of films he has directed and produced. His recent work includes directing the sequel to Enchanted titled Disenchanted for Disney+. Shankman has made other well-known projects as well, such as Hairspray, Bringing Down the House, Walk to Remember, and The Wedding Planner.

Both Ritchson and Shankman are represented by industry-leading agencies. Ritchson is represented by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Meanwhile, Shankman is represented by UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Allan Rice, the scriptwriter of The Man with the Bag, is represented by A3 Artists Agency, Tigerman Management, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman​.

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