STARRING Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross
DIRECTED BY Troy Miller
A musician (Keaton) on the verge of success dies in a car crash at Christmas (ho ho ho?), then returns to his wife (Preston) and son (Cross) as a snowman. The drama originally had director Sam Raimi and George Clooney attached to it, but after development dragged on, Miller (HBO’s Mr. Show) came aboard and Keaton signed on for the father/snowman title role (much of which consists of voice-over work). Keaton was the director’s only choice for Jack Frost, whom he describes as ”a funny, hip guy who’s been transferred to a new body and finds cool things to do with it.” Keaton, though, empathized with his character. ”He’s how I am — and I used to be worse — which is, thinking I can do this and that and that,” says the star (who, in fact, did just that in Multiplicity). Miller’s feature debut posed one peculiar challenge: ”People have no idea how hard it was to get a snowman to walk,” he says. The creation sent, uh, chills down Preston’s spine. ”He was so expressive,” she says, ”he made me cry.” (Nov. 6)
THE LOWDOWN Long developments cost money, so this will need not only the Frosty the Snowman crowd but adults as well. Keaton had better be at his Beetlejuice best.