Bill Murray Reteaming with Sofia Coppola for a TV Christmas Special

By October 14, 2014

It’s a Christmas miracle! While we’re still waiting and hoping that Bill Murray will have time to host “Saturday Night Live” sometime during the show’s milestone 40th season, he has another fun TV appearance planned this holiday season.

Variety recently spoke with the iconic comedy star, and he revealed that he’s working on a Christmas special with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola. Making this news even sweeter, Murray will be singing some classic Christmas carols in what will undoubtedly be a must-see TV event.

Details are scarce on the project, but Murray says, “It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.” The last time he crooned in collaboration with Sofia Coppola, the result was this charming scene:

Coppola confirmed the holiday project simply saying, “We’re working on a Christmas special. Not sure when it will air, but my motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.” Having Bill Murray at your disposal to sing your favorite Christmas carols just sounds amazing, but we’re sure Murray has some ideas of his own.

Though I’ve yet to see Murray’s turn in the forthcoming comedy St. Vincent, the closing credits have been said to feature the actor singing a quiet rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm.” But let us not forget that Murray became pretty well-known for his singing voice on “Saturday Night Live” thanks to his character, lounge singer Nick Winters:

Anyway, a Christmas special featuring Bill Murray with Sofia Coppola at the helm is likely to be quirky, unique, and one of the more memorable things we’ll probably see this holiday season. Stay tuned for details

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.