'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel on way? Really?
Someone is producing a sequel to Frank Capra's iconic 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life."
Right. Great idea. Maybe we could all drive our Edsels to the theater and order some new-recipe Coke at the concession stand before going in.
According to Variety, the film will be called "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story." It's being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners, who will also produce the film along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird Productions. Target release date is the 2015 holiday season.
At which time the seas will apparently boil, the skies will fall, and the Antichrist will show up at the premiere.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the original, will return for the "Wonderful Life" sequel as an angel who shows Bailey's unlikable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
Is this a joke? Hold on a second (looks at calendar). Nope, not April 1.
Grimes, of course, uttered the famous line "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings" in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Jimmy Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel. Variety reported that Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay.
"The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original every life is important as long as you have friends," Farnsworth said.
Can't we just watch the original on cable, then? What's next someone's going to get the bright idea to make more "Star Wars" movies?
Producers apparently haven't picked a director or an actor for the lead role of Bailey's grandson, but they have begun discussions with original cast members Jimmy Hawkins, who portrayed Tommy Bailey, and Carol Coombs, who played Janie Bailey, to reprise their roles as well.
They better hurry up. These people have to be a couple hundred years old by now.
Variety says most of the film will be shot in Louisiana, on a $25 million to $35 million range.
I guess that means no Brad Pitt, then.
"The new film will retain the feeling of the original, and it simply must be shared," Grimes said. "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."