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7 Reasons An ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Sequel Would Be Terrible

Jillian Morabito |
December 3, 2013 | 9:08 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The classic movie (via Twitter/@thefrasercentre)
The classic movie (via Twitter/@thefrasercentre)
It’s the holiday season and you know what that means-- virtually every American will wind up sitting down to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Recently, Variety announced that a sequel to the treasured film “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be released in 2015, about sixty-seven years after the original was released. Production companies Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions will make said project. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life” follows George Bailey, a kind man that is frustrated his life did not turn out as he had planned. He is visited by the angel Clarence and, together, they revisit George’s life as if he had never been born. In the end, they prove that George does in fact have a wonderful life. 

If you haven’t seen the classic film, go watch it now. No seriously, it’s on YouTube

Here are 7 reasons why we should leave the classic movie alone: 

 1. So much time has already passed since the original, an opportunity for a sequel seems to have passed. The original is so engrained in America’s Christmas season that making a sequel now would just enrage citizens.  

 2. Sequels are usually...well, sequels. Let’s be real, when has a sequel ever blown you alway or done remotely well? About one out of every 50 made, that’s when.

3. No one can replace the original actors. James Stuart, as George Bailey, and Donna Reed, as his wife Mary, are two iconic actors that made “It’s a Wonderful Life” the splendid picture it is. It would be like replacing Beyonce in a Destiny's Child reunion; it just can't be done.

4. They want the protagonist (George Bailey’s grandson) to be mean. No, just no. It just doesn't make sense! 

5. The terrible grandson will also be named George Bailey. As stated before, George Bailey can only be Jimmy Stuart. That is a fact.

6. It will (most likely) not be in black and white. While we love modern day film in color, part of the reason why “It’s a Wonderful Life” is “It’s a Wonderful Life” is because there is a certain wistfulness to it. It makes us feel nostalgic that we’re watching a movie not in color. 

7. "It's a Wonderful Life" is a beloved classic that millions of people watch on Christmas Eve every year. To disturb the magic that the movie has created for generations is just criminal. A sequel hasn’t been done yet and it should never happen. 

Paramount owns the copyrights to the film so (hopefully) there is a way to stop such buchery from occurring. 

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