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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Sequel In Development; Hollywood Founders Roll Over in Their Graves

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Hollywood made an official statement today, they are willing to tread on hallowed ground with no remorse to make a buck. The most unnecessary sequel in the history of unnecessary sequels is currently in development, as a follow-up to Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is in the works by producers Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners and Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird.  Farnsowth and Martha Bolton have already written the screenplay, which revolves around George Bailey’s grandson its-a-wonderful-life-poster-388x600being visited by an angel.  Karolyn Grimes, who played Jimmy Stewart’s daughter Zuzu in the original, has apparently agreed to return to play the angel in the proposed sequel.  The producers are currently on the hunt for a director (I can’t imagine many film makers would want to follow in Capra’s footsteps), and plan to begin filming in Louisiana next year in anticipation of a hoped-for holiday 2015 release date.

Per Variety, the budget for the film is said to be in the $25 million to $35 million range, and the producers are apparently seeking out other original castmembers like Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey) and Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey) to reprise their roles as well. Seeing as how Schwalb and Farnsworth appear to have minimal credits on IMDb, I don’t see this sequel making any kind of significant splash should it actually move into production.

What’s next? Citizen Kane, Casablanca, maybe The Godfather. I understand that Hollywood only wants to invest in sure things, but surely there are numerous comic books, toy lines, and board games to keep them busy for quite a few more years.

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