Get Ready for It's a Wonderful Life: The Sequel
Planned film to tell story of George Bailey's grandson
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2013 3:23 PM CST
James Stewart, left, Thomas Mitchell, right, and Donna Reed appear in the 1946 movie "It's A Wonderful Life," directed by Frank Capra.   (AP Photo/Files)

(Newser) – We could soon learn what happened after the credits rolled in It's a Wonderful Life—several generations later, that is. In a planned sequel to the 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic, George Bailey's daughter Zuzu is an angel showing Bailey's grandson the world as it could have been had he never been born. In this case, however, the grandson, who shares his grandfather's name, isn't a pleasant guy, and the world looks a lot better without him, Variety reports. Playing Zuzu once again will be Karolyn Grimes, now 73.

"The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original—every life is important as long as you have friends," says Bob Farnsworth, a producer and writer of It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story. The movie will be filmed largely in Louisiana; the lead actor and director are yet to be named, but other actors from the previous film are in talks to take part. The film is due for the holidays next year. But Entertainment Weekly isn't so sure the project will go forward. Jeff Labrecque notes that Paramount holds the rights to the original; the sequel, with a reported budget of $25 million to $30 million, is from Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions.

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Nov 20, 2013 6:39 AM CST
This is like pouring Kool-Aid into a fine wine, you can do it but it will just mess it up.
Nov 20, 2013 2:08 AM CST
It'll be alright if they don't F*** it up. Oh yeah, they'll F*** it up. Gratuitous sex. Cussing. Somebody will be on drugs. Somebody else will be gay. It'll look like a damn, boring Chuck Lorre sitcom by the time they're done.
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 19, 2013 11:58 PM CST
I hope it flops but I'm not a good judge. Then again, SNL already did a "what happened after the Old Lang Zine song." Although I was young when it aired, I often stayed at my grandparents home and they let me watch what I wanted as long as I watched Johnny Carson with them on Friday night. On Saturday, I watched SNL, then Benny Hill, Dr. Who, etc. So, the SNL sketch starts with the party scene in the Bailey home. The sheriff shows up and hands him the warrant issued by Potter. All the cast of SNL characters play the town folk. They come rushing in and pile up the cash. George Bailey thanks all the people and they sing, well you know the song. Then zuzu hears the bell and says her line. But this time, the action does not stop. One of the town folk says, "Hey, this all started because of what Potter did to this town and his attempt to destroy a good man like George Bailey." "You are right, we need to find him and get even for what he did to George Bailey" and scene. Now, we are at Potters office with a large picture window showing the snow storm outside. You see George Bailey passing and he yells, "Potter, I want to talk to you." Potter says, "I'll see you in prison, I believe the sheriff is looking for you." So Bailey bashes into Potter's office and then you see a barrage of town folk walk by the window and into Potters office. Then Potter says, "You can't touch me, I own most of the town." Then George's brother, in the flight jacket, says, "That's not true, you have abused this town long enough and we are going to get even with what you tried to do to George." Potter says, "Ok, I took the money from the paper that Billy Bailey lost at the bank, I'll give it back, I have it right here." That's not good enough Potter, you need to learn a lesson the hard way. So the town grabs Potter in his wheel chair and roll him down the the bridge where George had contemplated suicide and they toss Potter right in. Then they all cheer and head back to the party while, "Tis the season to be jolly" plays them out.