Recently, Bob Farnsworth, President of Nashville, Tenn. based Humingbird Productions, told Hollywood trade publication Variety that he had a sequel in the works for Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the uber Holiday classic made in 1946. Those of you who are not familiar with this movie should all be taken to Area 51 and water boarded. Worse, I should make you all watch MSNBC for one 24 hour period, followed by CNN for one 24 hour period and add the coup de grace of Fox News for 24 hours.
In a nutshell, Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, who despite a lifetime of giving to others without ever asking for anything in return finds himself in a desperate situation on Christmas Eve because of the actions of a greedy banker player by Lionel Barrymore.
Farnsworth has some good PR people or knows a thing or two or three about marketing. he cast Karolyn Grimes who played Jimmy Stewart’s daughter in the original film. Farnsworth cast Grimes as an angel in his sequel, which will feature Stewart’s character’s grandson acting more like the Barrymore character from the original until Grimes’ guardian angel descends to earth to save him from himself.
I think Farnsworth just got trashed one night, watched the 500th remake of Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ that starred Bill Murray as a creepy TV executive. That movie was called ‘Scrooged’ and wasn’t that bad.
But the people who own the rights to “A Christmas Carol’ got their due and their money. Farnsworth has no intention of paying Paramount Studios, which acquired the rights from Republic Pictures after the Capra family got screwed for years by the original movie’s rights falling into the hands of the public.
The original is a classic and shouldn’t be messed with. If Farnsworth was smart he would be very careful or he might find himself being visited by the ghost of Frank Capra. And knowing the works of Mr. Capra, it won’t be pretty.
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