Capra evergreen gets sequel
Jimmy Stewart's evergreen Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life is set to get a sequel...almost seventy years after the original hit the big screen.
It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story will focus on the grandson of Stewart's good deed-doing bank manager George Bailey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Unlike his ancestor, he's got a bit of a mean streak and - channelling Charles Dickens' A Chstimas Carol - requires a visit from his aunt Zuzu (played by original cast member Karolyn Grimes,, now an angel, who shows him how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
The new film is being produced by Allen J Schwalb, whose Star Partners firm made Rain Man and The Color Purple, and is being written by Bob Farnsworth after Frank Capra's original sreenplay went out of copyright in the USA,
It's a Wonderful Life is about showing a good guy can win. And with Scrooge, you have a person that is not a good guy but he changes," Farnsworth said. "This story is about the amazing human capacity to forgive when we see someone change for the better."
“The new film will retain the feeling of the original, and it simply must be shared,” said Grimes. “I’ve probably read close to 20 scripts over the years suggesting a sequel to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ but none of them were any good.
The script by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton was wonderful, and I wanted to be involved with his version of the film immediately.”
In the original, Bailey is a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers).
Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.