Tuesday, 19 November 2013

It's a Wonderful Life Sequel?

Yesterday, I came across this entertainment piece of news....some Hollywood producer thinks that he has a decent script and is about to embark on a sequel (modern-era piece) for It's a Wonderful Life (the Jimmy Stewart classic).

Within my list of twenty-odd movies that I consider classic and of a high value.....It's a Wonderful Life makes the cut.  Simple story....four-star acting....stirring moments throughout the piece....and an ending that ties all the loose pieces of the story.

To be honest, it's hard to think of an sequel that did justice to the original.  The only exception is the modern version of True Grit, which tells the story in a slightly different way than John Wayne's version.  To watch one, you really have to pack the other version to follow, and enjoy the tale in both versions.

Taking It's a Wonderful Life and rebuilding it in the modern era?  No.  I just don't see the story working and being accepted.  Finding someone of the Jimmy Stewart magnitude?  No, that just isn't going to happen.  Finding a guy as evil as Lionel Barrymore?  No.  Finding someone like Donna Reed?  No.  Finding a modern-day Uncle Billy?  No.

There are some movies that just can't be remade.  The Philadelphia Story.  North by Northwest.  The Grapes of Wreath.  The Searchers.  My Man Godfrey.  The Shining.  Young Frankenstein.  Casablanca. The African Queen.  The Dirty Dozen.  

Producers and Hollywood never accept that logic of a movie that can't be remade.

Days, weeks and months will pass.....and we will end up with this sequel.  Sadly, it'll tempt us for a moment....we have to pay the eight bucks and see a three-star version of a classic.  And we'll wonder why we had to do it.

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