Ruprecht: According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Pictures has picked up Ruprecht a broad comedy pitch about Santa Claus' former partner by "The Simpsons" writers/executive producers Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley.

The story recounts how, in Victorian times, Santa left presents for all the good children and Ruprecht was responsible for leaving switches and coal for the naughty ones. Ruprecht went away when the partnership soured, and kids eventually stopped getting coal. The story picks up in the present day when Ruprecht resurfaces, determined to balance out Christmas and today's naughty kids with some overdue lumps of coal, causing a battle that turns Christmas on its head.

Brian B.