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November 19, 2013 - 1:29 pm

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.

Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

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.


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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Or there's the scene from "Natural Born Kissers" on The Simpsons, where the old studio executive pays Bart and Lisa to rebury the alternate happy ending to Casablanca. "And while you're at it, bury this one too [hands them a reel labeled "It's A Wonderful Life (Killing Spree Ending)"]."
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