Mattel Expands Live-Action Family Drama christmas ball, which will be written by Gabriela Revilla Lugo (A million little things) based on a true story.
The film follows a young girl, Dáyami, living in a Mexican border town who attempts to send her Christmas list to Santa attached to a balloon. The ball is found by Randy and Marcella Heiss, a couple in Arizona mourning the loss of their own child, who make it their mission to fulfill the girl’s touching Christmas wishes. Mattel worked with the couple and donated toys to fulfill Dáyami’s wish for a better future.
“Like Dáyami’s balloon itself, the journey of this touching story and Mattel’s direct role in fulfilling his real wishes made it a must-watch for us,” said Kevin McKeon, vice president of Mattel Films. . “We were immediately struck by the spirit of this little girl and the positive message of the story. We also knew there was no one better to tell her story with passion and sensitivity than Gabriela. We are proud to work with her, along with Vital Pictures, to bring this touching family drama to audiences around the world.
McKeon and Ivan Sanchez, Creative Executive, oversee the project for Mattel Films. Chris Lemos and Luis Guerrero (Beneath us, the war below) of Vital Pictures are producing.
“Randy and Marcella’s story exemplifies the holiday spirit and shows the miraculous way small acts of kindness can change lives, bring families together and inspire entire communities on both sides of the border. We can’t think of better partners than Mattel and Gabriela to bring this wonderful true story to audiences everywhere,” said Lemos on behalf of Vital Pictures.
“I am honored to bring Dáyami’s journey to life at a time when it is clear that we all need to believe in hope and magic,” said Revilla Lugo.
Writer/producer Revilla Lugo is best known for producing Hulu/Neon’s Palm Springs and the Netflix movie starlingwith Melissa McCarthy.
christmas ball joins other Mattel Films projects in development including films based on American Girl, Barbie, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, UNO, See Master and Wishbone.