Why We Can't Have Nice Things: 'It's a Wonderful Life' Sequel Coming
Because you all remember at the end of the 1946 holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life that Nick Fury showed up and asked George Bailey to become S.H.I.E.L.D.'s accountant, we're getting a sequel. Okay, that's only half true. Variety reports that Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions are working on some fodder for the bargain bin in the form of It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story. But rather than following the further exploits of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), this film would follow Karolyn Grimes reprising her role as Bailey's daughter Zuzu from the original film, but as an angel who helps another Bailey.
In the film, Zuzu (who delivered the iconic line "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!") will show Bailey's unlikeable grandson, also named George Bailey, just how much better the world would have been if he wouldn't have been born (like Scrooged). Producers are hoping to have the film in theaters for the 2015 holiday season and are also in talks to bring back Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey) and Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey) to reprise their roles as well. Producer Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird says it will again show, "every life is important as long as you have friends." Tony Robbins could not be reached for comment.
In case you still think this doesn't make any sense at all, Grimes says, "The new film will retain the feeling of the original, and it simply must be shared. I’ve probably read close to 20 scripts over the years suggesting a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life, but none of them were any good. The script by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton was wonderful, and I wanted to be involved with his version of the film immediately.” Leave it to a former child star, who hasn't been in a film since 1951 to know what a good script is. We don't think this movie will ever happen, but maybe George Bailey should have killed himself after all. What do you think?
UPDATE: According to a report from the AP (via The Film Stage), a spokesperson from Paramount Pictures said no film related to It’s a Wonderful Life can be made without a license from the studio. The studio says, "To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights.” So unless Paramount loves this script as much as Karolyn Grimes, don't count on this project ever seeing the light of day.