Why We Can't Have Nice Things: 'It's a Wonderful Life' Sequel Coming

November 18, 2013
Source: Variety

It's a Wonderful Life

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.

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Yeah this is the worst idea since Jar Jar Binks

Danimal on Nov 18, 2013


Well put. That pretty much says all that needs to be said on this story. Game. Set. Match.

DaveLister_JMC on Nov 18, 2013


You could cut and paste this comment to all the movie news here! It's pretty much what you all say to everything anyway.

Jimmy Love on Nov 18, 2013


Total BS. Never gonna watch this. Why not re-release the original instead?

DavideCoppola on Nov 18, 2013


Couldn't care less. I've seen bits and pieces of the original...but honestly, it's just one of those things where the generational gap is so wide...that having an interest in seeing it and having an affinity for it as a "classic" just isn't very germane to me. I'm sure a lot of die-hard cine-philes will hold me in contempt of movie court. But once I hit the black and white era, there are few films I'm interested in. Cinema of the last 40-50 years is honestly what I am much more familiar with...beyond that and it just becomes too "irrelevant" to the modern day conversation. I mean, I'll reach back for Psycho, Gojira, King Kong...but works like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and this film in question...aesthetically they just don't do much for me. They are too foreign. That doesn't mean they are bad by any means. Obviously they are classics for a reason. I hope I've effectively stated my point without coming off as an idiot who has something against older movies, because that's not the case. I am simply much more fond of, interested in, and familiar with the more recent eras of cinema.

Chris Groves on Nov 18, 2013


Couldn't care less? Because Hollywood making a sequel to a film from 1946 is a brilliant idea. Look I agree with your point on black and white films but I don't think that's the main point here. I haven't seen It's a Wonderful Life but I already know how much of a stupid idea this is. What audience today will watch this film in this generation? How many people still look back on the original film today? This shouldn't even be made at all.

Charlie Hard on Nov 18, 2013


I mean I couldn't care less as in, "this does not interest me in the slightest". Not so much "I don't care if they do a sequel." I mean, I DON'T really care, it doesn't matter to me...but I'm not saying that in a way that is approving of this.

Chris Groves on Nov 18, 2013


Ok. But I'll only see it if it's co-directed by Michael Bay and John Woo. (with unlimited production-weight artistic license shared between the two) /s

avconsumer2 on Nov 18, 2013


It could be a hit, they just need to have plenty of uber-violent CGI battle scenes in it..........oh, and at least one superhero.

gbpackertime on Nov 18, 2013


but why?

Bob on Nov 19, 2013


First glance, I though that was a Sin City 2 screencap.

cobrazombie on Nov 20, 2013


I looked this page up again because someone on the radio mentioned about how the original only became well known through the lapse of copyright. At the time it was released it was actually pretty average, but in the 70's because it was free for the companies to show on tv the movie people saw it so much they started to like it. Weird.

Carpola on Jan 10, 2014

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