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Plans for Wonderful Life sequel

Published 19/11/2013 | 12:31

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James Stewart starred in It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life - the classic film starring James Stewart - is set to get a sequel 60 years on.

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Karolyn Grimes will reprise her role as Zuzu Bailey for the follow-up to Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas heartwarmer, considered one of the top festive flicks of all time, said The Hollywood Reporter.

It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest Of The Story, written by Hummingbird Productions' Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton, will be a continuation of troubled bank manager George (played by the late James) and his family, especially his grandson. It would also combine the original movie with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, particularly when George's relative gets a visit from his aunt Zuzu, now an angel.

"It's a Wonderful Life is about showing a good guy can win. And with Scrooge, you have a person that is not a good guy but he changes," Bob told The Hollywood Reporter.

"This story is about the amazing human capacity to forgive when we see someone change for the better."

Bob admitted he is ready for some backlash from the film's loyal fans.

"Look, no one can make another It's A Wonderful Life. But our story is solid, and we are going in with our eyes open," he said.

He added: "There is no doubt about it, there will be a ruckus. But I have this motto: All it takes to be a leader is to have a cause you believe in. And the stronger you believe in the cause, the more adversaries you will have. And we strongly believe in this."

The search for a director has begun, with the film scheduled for released for Christmas 2015.

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