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Thu November 21, 2013

Paramount To Fight 'It's A Wonderful Life' Sequel

Independent studios Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions told Variety they are set to release a sequel to the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2015.

However, Paramount owns the rights to the film.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Paramount said: “No project relating to It’s a Wonderful Life can proceed without a license from Paramount … To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights.”

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JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

And a note now on another topic, Meghna. It seems like Clarence will have to wait for that second pair of wings. Paramount Pictures has scuttled plans for a sequel of "It's a Wonderful Life."

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, HOST:

Now, that classic film follows Clarence the angel and his efforts to help Jimmy Stewart's small-town hero George Bailey, who takes on the sinister Mr. Potter.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

JAMES STEWART: (as George Bailey) You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.

HOBSON: Well, a Nashville production company was behind the idea for a sequel starring Stewart's onscreen daughter, Karolyn Grimes, coming back as an angel to help her wayward nephew. Grimes was, of course, best known for this scene.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE")

KAROLYN GRIMES: (as Zuzu Bailey) Look, Daddy. Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

STEWART: (as George Bailey) That's right. That's right.

CHAKRABARTI: Oh, I'm still hearing that ringing. But Paramount Pictures owns the rights to "It's a Wonderful Life" and has put the kibosh on any plans for a new movie, much to the relief of fans.

HOBSON: From NPR and WBUR Boston, I'm Jeremy Hobson.

CHAKRABARTI: And I'm Meghna Chakrabarti. This is HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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