I’m pretty sure that just about everyone has seen the 1946 classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” or at least dozed through it while strung out on eggnog at some relative’s house for the holidays. In 2015, this Christmas fixture will get a sequel.
The original film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed tells the story of George Bailey, a man who wishes he’d never been born — until his guardian angel appears one Christmas Eve and shows him just how much of a bummer life in his hometown would’ve been if he had never existed.
The sequel, written by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton, will be called “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.” The film will follow George Bailey’s not-so-awesome grandson, also named George. He will be shown by an angel how much better the world would be if he’d never existed. The angel in this incarnation will be played by Karolyn Grimes, who played the original George’s daughter in the 1946 movie, and uttered the oh-so-famous line “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!”
The lead role has yet to be cast, but producers are hoping to get more of the original film’s cast members on board and aim for it to hit theaters during the 2015 Christmas season. I can’t picture what plot would look like with a modern update, but Farnsworth says “The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends.” [Variety]