With 30 Christmases behind me, an outsider would have good odds on betting I’d at least once in my life experienced a full sitting of Frank Capra’s seminal 1946 Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. But like several similarly cherished films of yesteryear, I just never put my mind to watching it, having somehow skirted around it as a kid and the rampant outpouring of pubescent cynicism held it at bay for the next 18 years.
For the seasoned holiday celebrator, there are many vital Christmas lessons that will eventually be learned over the years. Like not to wait until Christmas Eve to do your shopping, remember to keep the tree watered and if you have a cat, put the shiniest and most delicate ornaments out of paw’s reach, if possible. Also avoid tinsel. If you have a cat, you know why. As it happens, movies are also chock full of learning lessons, especially Christmas movies...
We can call George Bailey a lot of things, but a money-hungry opportunist isn’t one of them. In fact, the man seemed to take every opportunity presented to him to be a decent, selfless person, putting the needs of the town of Bedford Falls ahead of his dreams at every turn. But you’d never guess that watching the trailer above, which cleverly turns It’s A Wonderful Life into The Wolf of Bedford Falls.
So are we safely able to breathe a sigh of relief and chalk this up as a dodged bullet? Will Paramount repeatedly deny and block any progress on a Wonderful Life sequel? If there’s a Movie God, the answer is yes.
We’ll just go ahead and rip the bandage off: It’s A Wonderful Life is getting a sequel. And not a made-for-TV Hallmark-Lifetime-ABC Family-style sequel, but an actual feature film that follows up on the 1946 Frank Capra classic, which will focus on George Bailey’s unlikable grandson. Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the original film, will appear in the sequel, taking what sounds like the Clarence role.