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'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel in the works

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'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel in the works

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

In a move that's sure to delight many fans -- and upset others -- a sequel to the 1946 holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" is currently being developed. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Florida-based Star Partners and Nashville-based Hummingbird Prods., one of the biggest producers of music for commercials, have teamed up to bring "It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story" to the big screen.

Original cast member Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu, is slated to return for the sequel, which also incorporates elements of another holiday classic, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." In a twist on the beloved original, the sequel has George Bailey’s bad-guy grandson visited by his aunt Zuzu, now an angel, as she attempts to show him how much better off the world would be had he never been born.

"'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," says Farnsworth. "This story is about the amazing human capacity to forgive when we see someone change for the better."

Farnsworth is aware there may be backlash from fans of the original, which famously starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. "Look, no one can make another 'It’s a Wonderful Life.' But our story is solid, and we are going in with our eyes open. There is no doubt about it, there will be a ruckus. But I have this motto: All it takes to be a leader is to have a cause you believe in. And the stronger you believe in the cause, the more adversaries you will have. And we strongly believe in this."

The film is being eyed for the 2015 holiday season.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.