David E. Talbert is directing the next project from “Hidden Figures” producer/director/writer Ted Melfi – a dark comedy titled “El Camino Christmas,” which Netflix has picked up.
A project 10 years in the making, Talbert will direct from a script penned by Melfi and Christopher Wehner, with an ensemble cast that includes Tim Allen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Dax Shepard, Kimberly Quinn and Jimmy O. Yang.
“El Camino Christmas” centers on a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own, ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve.
The film is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
Talbert last directed the holiday ensemble dramedy “Almost Christmas” (2016), which starred Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove, Jessie T. Usher, Nicole Ari Parker and others.
“El Camino Christmas” is produced by Melfi’s Goldenlight Films and Brother. Dave Talbert, Rich Carter, Lyn, Uri Singer and Jack Murray are executive producers.
Talbert is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Melfi by UTA.