Well, this could get interesting. Earlier this week, producers announced plans for a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful life,” the 1946 Frank Capra holiday classic. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the untitled new film would feature Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the original, reprising her role; she’s now an angel, visiting George Bailey’s not-so-wonderful grandson. Producer Bob Farnsworth said that the rights to the film were in the public domain, and that the new screenplay combines themes from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol.” However, Paramount Pictures (which owns the original), now says . . . not so fast. A Paramount representative said that the producers of the new film have not applied for the rights, and that “we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights.” Sounds like this might get testy. The sequel was tentatively scheduled to be released for the 2015 holiday season.
I’m generally anti-sequel, unless there’s a legitimate reason for it — and I don’t see one here; the original is perfect and needs no epilogue. Should anyone need or want reminding of that, note that “It’s a Wonderful Life” will begin its annual holiday run at the Grand Illusion on December 13. Merry Christmas, movie house!