Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are teaming up to produce a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 film classic “it’s a Wonderful Life”.
The original film followed George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), a troubled family man whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.
The follow-up is entitled “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story” and follows George Bailey, the unlikeable grandson of the original George.
In this version the guardian angel shows the new George how much better off the world would have been had he never been born. Karolyn Grimes, who played the daughter ‘Zuzu’ in the original, will play the angel.
Original cast members Jimmy Hawkins and Carol Coombs are said to be in talks to reprise their roles, but the casting of the lead won’t take place until February. A director is also being sought.
Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay with the $25-35 million budget film to be shot mostly in Louisiana. Allen J. Schwalb and Bob Farnsworth will produce with a Holiday 2015 release being targeted.