Hot off the press from Variety.com comes the unsavory news that a sequel to the beloved 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is in the works. It’s supposedly called It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story and the studio is hoping to have it ready for the 2015 holiday season (so, anywhere from Halloween to Christmas by today’s standards).
Early word is that Karolyn Grimes, the adorable little girl who spoke the timeless line, “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” will return as an angel who will show George Bailey’s curmudgeon grandson the error of his ways. This would make financial sense for Grimes, who hasn’t appeared in a film since 1952.
I have absolutely no recollection of the credits rolling to It’s a Wonderful Life and thinking, “wow, there must be more to this story, and I must know it!” It’s pretty hard for this project not to reek to high hell when the original is a standalone classic with little to no room for improvement. Unless you come from the school that says colorizing it will make it better. If you do, please do us all a favor and slap yourself. Bah humbug.