Variety is reporting that Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are colloborating on a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life called It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story with an anticipated release date of summer 2015 because nothing says hot and humid July like It’s a Wonderful Life.
According to the trade mag, “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.”
And that, folks, is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. Who could possibly play George Bailey’s grandson? Whoever it is will be burned alive by FATHER CHRISTMAS.
According to producers, the film will maintain the “spirit of the original” (plus the soundtrack by The Fray, or something) and has a production budget of $25-$35 million, which is barely enough to cover the lawsuits exhibitors will bring against the studio after audiences BURN DOWN THE THEATERS.
If there’s one silver lining, it’s that this movie will never happen, according to a tweet from film critic Lou Lumenick (via Vulture), “Don’t worry, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE sequel not gonna happen. Rights hopelessly tangled, as those behind 1980s Broadway musical discovered.”