A while back, rumors circulated that a prequel to the well-known animated picture The Polar Express would soon be released. The Christmas Express, the most recent production, was scheduled to debut in 2023. Was such a prequel intended to be made?
News of the new show quickly spread after a poster featuring Tom Hanks in a conductor’s uniform surfaced. Among the characters the actor voiced in the animation were Santa Claus, the conductor, and the main character.
The Christmas Express Movie Release Date
After a poster featuring a live-action Tom Hanks dressed as a train conductor went viral, rumours of a new prequel film to The Polar Express began to circulate online.
Is Warner Bros.’ The Christmas Express was exclusively available on the Max streaming service in December 2023 as the poster claimed.
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To further feed the false rumour, Spotted News also published an article with a fake synopsis for the nonexistent prequel, The Christmas Express.
The source claims that Hanks will play Woodford Newton, the lead role in the Polar Express prequel. The statement claims that the hoax prequel’s story “unfolds during a fateful accident” on a Christmas train ride, during which he changes into the Polar Express’s conductor and the holiday spirit.
Hanks played several prominent roles in the original 2004 Warner Bros. hit, which told the story of a young child who, on Christmas Eve in the 1950s, finds himself on a magical train to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus.
Regretfully, no new Polar Express project is being developed by Warner Bros. as far as the public is aware. By all accounts, the poster making the rounds on the internet seems to be an artificial intelligence (AI) creation that has managed to fool a lot of people, which is what started the viral rumour.
Falling for the hoax, one fan on X, formerly known as Twitter, exclaimed “A POLAR EXPRESS PREQUEL?! IM SO EXCITED.”
A POLAR EXPRESS PREQUEL?! IM SO EXCITED
— nour (@nourziez) November 21, 2023
@usedwifi also questioned the fake poster, wondering “why would the [Warner Bros.] logo be front and center” and displayed so prominently on the artwork.
Facebook is going nuts over this very fake poster for the very fake polar express prequel, “The Christmas Express” pic.twitter.com/V0sdkYoQZW
— nick (@dialnfornick) November 21, 2023
According to @dialnfornick, “Facebook [was] going nuts over this very fake poster for the very fake Polar Express prequel, The Christmas Express.”
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Will a New Polar Express Movie Ever Happen?
The Polar Express is one of the most well-known and frequently watched Christmas movies in the modern era. Despite its debut being twenty years ago, Warner Bros. has not indicated that it will make a sequel, prequel, or remake.
Given that the movie was released in 2004, almost 20 years ago, a sequel is probably out of the question, but what about a live-action remake? After all, Hollywood production companies have worked very hard in recent years to bring beloved animated series to life on screen.
One of the most well-known and frequently viewed Christmas films in the contemporary era is The Polar Express. Even though Warner Bros. released the film twenty years ago, the studio has not said that it will remake, prequel, or follow up.
A sequel is probably out of the question because the film was released in 2004, which is nearly 20 years ago, but what about a live-action remake? After all, popular animated series have been brought to the big screen by Hollywood production companies through a lot of hard work in recent years. Max is now offering The Polar Express for streaming.