Apparently despite the fact that nearly everyone associated with Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life is dead, this is a thing.
The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
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 unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
That’s harsh. They could add to the insult by making him a writer at Media Matters.
The original It’s A Wonderful Life wasn’t a theatrical success at all. Hoover’s FBI weren’t fans. It flopped and was mostly forgotten until it slipped out of copyright and into public domain. TV stations started airing it because it was free programming. Then it became a classic, Ted Turner colorized it, and Marlo Thomas starred in a feminist re-take. But now the rights to do anything with it are messy.
I’m just not sure what a sequel can provide that the “lost ending” already hasn’t.