The nightmare of all film news has just been unveiled. Reported yesterday by outlets including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, it is revealed that Star Partners and Hummingbird productions are beginning work on a sequel to the 1946 Frank Capra classic It’s A Wonderful Life, a magical story about one man’s life and learning to appreciate what one has in life. Karolyn Grimes, who portrayed Zuzu in the original film with the iconic line “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” is set to return for this film, showing George Baily’s grandson (also named George) how much better the world would be had he not been born.
“The new film will retain the feeling of the original, and it simply must be shared,” Grimes said. “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.”
Let me start by saying the obvious: are you freaking kidding me.
Yes, Grimes is coming back. Yes, its being released at Christmas. Yes, it continues the story.
No, I don’t want this being made. The original was a classic in ways no other film has ever matched, not even with The Wizard of Oz or The Godfather. Have you ever heard of the term “LEAVE IT ALONE” Hollywood? No. Of course not. Because you’re a hand-grubbing money maker who is only looking for your next opportunity for a paycheck. There is absolutely no reason for this to be made. No flipping reason.
And to the people who say to “Be open with it.” Here is my response:
I am so sick of my childhood movies being remade or restructured into sequels when they indulge into stories that have no relevance and no influence with todays audience. And before you say anything further, no, it means nothing that Zuzu likes the script that she read. There are so many creators and writers of their original projects that enjoyed movie adaptations that everyone (myself included) hated. Example: Stephanie Meyer and “Twilight”.
I’m going to have a conniption about this all day. Sound off on your comments below. I’m too frustrated to follow up on this.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety