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« on: November 18, 2013, 10:04:43 PM »

a sequel?  seriously?

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Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

The sequel, titled “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.

Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original,  will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.

Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay.

“The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends,” Farnsworth said.

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 11:20:35 PM »

heh, just looked up a pic of Karolyn Grimes... maybe she could double as the angel of death:

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2013, 10:47:27 AM »

Just heard about this on the news..    Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2013, 01:55:51 PM »

Well, the original movie did leave many unresolved feelings for those who never saw the alternate ending.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2013, 03:56:10 PM »

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...will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
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“The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends,” ...

how about that.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2013, 08:36:36 PM »

I thought there was already a somewhat unofficial sequel, I think a TV movie that was pretty bad. They should cast Betty White as an angel in this.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2013, 08:54:22 PM »

I seem to remember that.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2013, 11:33:19 PM »

a couple of updates from a film critic saying that the rights may not be as clear cut as they thought they were.

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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2013, 01:03:22 PM »

The rights are very clear cut, just not in the direction the makers were thinking:

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Paramount: 'Wonderful Life' sequel has no wings

Nov 21, 1:02 AM (ET)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans outraged that a sequel to a beloved holiday film is in the works are no longer out in the cold.
A spokeswoman for Paramount Pictures, who owns the rights to "It's a Wonderful Life," said Wednesday that the studio would fight a group of producers who are working on a follow-up to the 1946 holiday classic. Directed by Frank Capra, the film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a desperate family man who imagines during Christmas time what his town would be like if he'd never been born.
"No project relating to 'It's a Wonderful Life' can proceed without a license from Paramount," the studio noted in a statement after Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions announced their sequel plans Monday. "To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights."
The Internet collectively groaned this week when Bob Farnsworth, president of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hummingbird Productions, and Allen J. Schwalb, president of Orlando, Fla.-based Star Partners, unveiled their pitch for "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," a follow-up that would focus on Bailey's unlikeable grandson.
"This can't be real," many tweeted.
"Please don't," posted others.
"Maybe George Bailey should have killed himself after all," said one blogger.
Soon celebrities were chiming in:
"I don't know if they have a title yet, but if not, I have a suggestion. I would call it 'It's a Terrible Idea,'" joked Jimmy Kimmel.
"Stop messing with classics, people! What's next? 'Gone with the Wind 2'?" pondered Andy Cohen.
"It would've been better if we'd never been born," tweeted comedian John Fugelsang.
Farnsworth and Schwalb said the film would star Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's daughter in the original film, as an angel who comes to the aide of her nephew. They also said they were in talks with other surviving cast members to return. The producers estimated it would cost between $25 and $32 million, far less than many Hollywood remakes and sequels.
Apparently, Farnsworth and Schwalb, who did not return messages seeking comment for this story, forgot one important detail: They didn't ask the film's owner for legal permission. Farnsworth previously told The Hollywood Reporter trade publication that the rights to "It's a Wonderful Life" were in the public domain.
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While a lapsed copyright led TV stations in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s to repeatedly broadcast the film, Paramount has controlled the rights for the past 14 years, after it acquired Republic Pictures as part of its purchase of Spelling Entertainment in 1999. Paramount has since licensed the film to NBC, which airs it sparingly during the holidays.
Farnsworth and Schwalb not only lacked the blessing of Paramount - and fans everywhere - their proposed idea for a sequel also isn't supported by the family of Frank Capra, who died in 1991.
Capra's son, Tom Capra, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the family hadn't been contacted by Farnsworth and Schwalb about the sequel, a project they believe their father would have never approved.
"If he was still alive, he would have called it ludicrous," said Capra. "Then, I think we would have called his lawyer. Why would you even attempt to make a sequel to such a classic film?"

TLDR: Paramount has the rights and isn't going to let this happen.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2013, 01:26:50 PM »

If they threw enough money at Paramount it might happen, but still good to know
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2013, 03:56:18 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 21, 2013, 01:26:50 PM

If they threw enough money at Paramount it might happen, but still good to know

I thought that, too.  Hopefully, they have the long term plan in mind instead of the quick hit cash grab.
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