Every time a bell rings, a Hollywood angel approves another sequel you never asked for. It's one of those timeless holiday movies that will forever touch your heart and entertain your bored holiday guests, so it makes total sense that all these years later Hollywood would think now might be a good time for a sequel. It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story will be a direct sequel to Frank Capra's 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart, and they're even bringing an original cast member back to help hand the torch off to a new guy who, like his grandfather George Bailey (Stewart), will find himself on a journey to see what his life would look like without him in it.
Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the original film (she's the one who recites that famous line, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!"), will return for the sequel, which producers hope to have in theaters for the 2014 holiday season. Grimes, who may be one of a few original cast members returning for the sequel, told Variety, “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.”
This isn't the first holiday classic to be revived in some fashion. There was an updated version of Miracle on 34th Street that came out in 1994, and even the classic horror movie Black Christmas got a remake in 2006. Even It's a Wonderful Life got a weird made-for-TV remake at some point. Heck, how many versions of A Christmas Carol have they made? Gotta be over a hundred, right? Still, though, it's weird to see the so-called "classics" tampered with in any way, and so we hope this new version will not only respect the original, but also update itself in a way that makes it appealing to today's audiences. Remember, we said appealing, not cheesy.
What do you think? Also: Here's the trailer.
UPDATED: According to a statement from Paramount, the studio fully intends to block this sequel from being made.
"No project relating to It’s a Wonderful Life can proceed without a license from Paramount. To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights."
How about that? For once, Hollywood doesn't want to make a sequel to a very successful property. You don't see this very often, so savor the moment, folks.
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