From the “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me” department.
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.
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. If there was ever a film that didn’t need a sequel it’s It’s A Wonderful Life. The original is one of those timeless classics that doesn’t need updating or colourization or anything, it’s kind of perfect how it is.
And can we call casting the same actress who played Zuzu in the original, who hasn’t worked since 1952 when she was fucking 12 years old, stunt casting?
Not to mention the reversing of the hook. Showing a young asshole how much better things would be if he hadn’t been around? How do you resolve that without just ripping off A Christmas Carol? Basically this is A Christmas Carol but with George Baily Jr. instead of Scrooge.
What about calling this “The Rest Of The Story”? There isn’t a rest of the story to It’s A Wonderful Life.
You know people have joked that Hollywood has run out of ideas for years. I finally think it might not be a joke anymore. This is maybe the most ill conceived cash in sequel I’ve ever heard of, and I’m aware that they made a gender reversed remake from the 1970s and a Clarence spin off movie made in the 1990s.