The sequel on Frank Capra's classic Christmas tale will focus on George Bailey's grandson, who doesn't have such a wonderful life.
George Bailey had such a wonderful film life that he's getting a sequel.
A new version of Frank Capra's 1946 classic Christmas tale "It's a Wonderful Life" is underway, the Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Monday.
The sequel, titled "It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," is expected in theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
It has a bit of the original movie's magic with a twist.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the original, will return for the sequel as an angel who shows Bailey's unlikable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never 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."
Producer Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay. There was no word on who would play the new George Bailey. They are big shoes to fill.
The original Bailey, who despondently tries to kill himself before an angel shows him how bad life would be without him, was played by Jimmy Stewart.
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"The story line of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends," Farnsworth said.
The producers have also begun discussions with original cast members who portrayed the Bailey family to reprise their roles in the sequel -- Jimmy Hawkins, who played Tommy Bailey, and Carol Coombs, who played Janie Bailey.