It’s a Wonderful Nightmare


full_17652_168035Last night I was looking to see what news was happening in the film world, nothing much to interest me usually, until I came across one of the worst ideas since a sequel to Casablanca (1942) was reported. I believe once again that died a quick death.

Hollywood has now turned it’s attention to the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), it has been has been revealed that the plot will take up with the Bailey children, now probably in their 80s and 90’s, focusing on the youngest Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) returning “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.” The very idea of this is quite shocking for a sequel at the very least. When in the original it was George Bailey (James Stewart) who himself wished he hadn’t been born because of a series of events that saw him become a broken man.

There is also talk to cast once more “Jimmy Hawkins, who portrayed Tommy Bailey, and Carol Coombs,who played Janie Bailey, to reprise their roles as well.” The release date for this poor thought through sequel in December (2015). It’s a new low for Hollywood as the scrape the barrel looking for a money spinner, which this time may and should backfire big-time. A classic such as this should be held in high-esteem to not be touched or altered. It has an audience who love and appreciate the film worldwide.

Hollywood has no real respect for the classic, instead of re-releases that would produce decent returns, they have to see what more can be made. I will not be seeing this film, out of respect and love for a true classic that tied up all the loose ends when everyone donated to the Bailey family on Christmas day. That is where it should and be left. Also out of respect for both Frank Capra and James Stewart who held this film in high regard. Hopefully the search for a director will prove so hard they give up the idea. Then again they’re maybe one so desperate to make a name for themselves they’ll make this awful film a reality.

 

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