It’s not a Disney production, but we have to say we are thrilled to hear that a sequel to Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is in the works. In what may have been a real e-mail, Jim Parsons (the actor chosen to play George Bailey since the late James Stewart is not currently available) writes:
This is a very exciting project. The biggest concern I had was that a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life would be some kind of smarmy retread of the original, but after reading the script I can assure you that this is not the case at all. While Capra’s classic dealt with what things would be like if George Bailey had never lived, the sequel is largely concerned with what the world would be like if everyone but George was dead.
After that point, it’s a lot like World War Z, but with a lot more snow, given that it takes place during the holidays. I hate to give anything away, but my favorite scene is when George, set upon by a flood of undead townspeople and convinced that he is in the last moments of his life, runs through Bedford Falls yelling, “Goodbye, movie house! Goodbye, Emporium! See you in Hell, you useless old Building and Loan!”
It’s a Wonderful Death is set for Christmas 2014 release.