8-Bit Christmas, a new holiday film coming to HBOMax, takes us on an A Christmas Story-style ride back in time. This time we’re heading to the 80s. Instead of a Red Ryder BB Gun, Jake Doyle (played by Winslow Fegley and Neil Patrick Harris) is on the hunt for a Nintendo Entertainment System.
In its own little flashback to the 80s for me, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris as the present-day Jake Doyle. Yes, given the opportunity to chat to the kid who was on my television weekly for four years of my childhood, I had to shoutout the fact that he was the OG blogger.
I also had the chance to ask Winslow Fegley, who played Jake back in the late 80s, what it was like to experience the 80s for himself since he wasn’t around for it the first time like the rest of us.
You can see the full interview below and stream 8-Bit Christmas exclusively on HBOMax beginning on November 24, 2021!
Neil Patrick Harris and Winslow Fegley Interview
About 8-Bit Christmas
From New Line Cinema and HBO Max comes “8-Bit Christmas,” a humorous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.
The film stars Neil Patrick Harris (upcoming “The Matrix Resurrections,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Winslow Fegley (“Come Play,” “Fast Layne”) as the adult and young Jake, respectively, June Diane Raphael (“Long Shot,” “Grace and Frankie”), with David Cross (“Pitch Perfect 2,” the “Kung Fu Panda” films), and Steve Zahn (“The White Lotus”).
Michael Dowse (“Coffee & Kareem”) directed the film from a screenplay by Kevin Jakubowski, based on his book of the same name. Tim White, Trevor White, Allan Mandelbaum, Jonathan Sadowski and Nick Nantell produced, with Nikki Ramey, Richard Brener, Celia Khong, Kevin Jakubowski and Whitney Brown executive producing.
Dowse’s creative team included director of photography Samy Inayeh (“Utopia Falls”), Production designer Andrew Stearn (“Awake,” “Ready or Not”), editor Trevor Ambrose (“Schitt’s Creek”) and costume designer Avery Plewes (“Ready or Not,” “The Umbrella Academy”).
New Line Cinema and HBO Max Present a Star Thrower Entertainment Production, “8-Bit Christmas.” The film will debut exclusively on HBO Max on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
“8-Bit Christmas” has been rated PG for rude humor and some mild violence, language and suggestive references.