Today in unnecessary sequels that we never asked for news: Variety is reporting that the most classic of classic films, Frank Capra's 1946 masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life, is getting a sequel, which will be titled It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.
The new film will reportedly focus on George Bailey's "unlikeable" grandson, who is also named George Bailey, and will follow him as an angel shows him how much better the world would have been if he'd never been born. Ouch. Said angel will be portrayed by Karolyn Grimes, who portrayed the Baileys' daughter Zuzu alongside Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in the original film.
It's official: Hollywood is out of ideas. If it wasn't, this sequel would never be happening, no matter how much Karolyn Grimes raves about it: "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."
Similarly, producer Bob Farnsworth raved about the film: "The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends."
The sequel is reportedly in the works for a holiday 2015 release.