Mattel to Develop Live-Action Christmas Film


Mattel Films is set to develop the live-action family drama Christmas Balloon, written by Gabriela Revilla Lugo (A Million Little Things) and based on a true story.

Christmas Balloon centers on a young girl living in a Mexican border town who tries to send her Christmas wish list to Santa tied to a balloon. A couple in Arizona grieving the loss of their own child end up finding the balloon and making it their mission to fulfill the girl’s wishes.

Mattel worked with the real couple, Randy and Marcella Heiss, and donated toys to fulfill Dáyami’s list. Christmas Balloon is Mattel’s 14th film and its first based on new IP.

“Much like Dáyami’s balloon itself, the journey of this touching story and Mattel’s direct role in fulfilling her real-life wishes made it a must-do for us,” said Kevin McKeon, VP of Mattel Films. “We were immediately struck by this little girl’s spirit and the story’s positive message. 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.”

“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,” said Chris Lemos, who is producing for Vital Pictures alongside Luis Guerrero. “We can’t think of better partners than Mattel and Gabriela to bring this wonderful true story to audiences everywhere.”

“I am honored to bring Dáyami’s journey to life in a time when it’s clear we all need to believe in hope and magic,” Revilla Lugo commented.