The news yesterday that the It’s a Wonderful Life sequel is coming has us curious -- what other long ago classics of Hollywood history could get a sequel? If producers can secure financing to revisit the world of Jimmy Stewart that brightens our holiday each year, then why not take a look at the possibilities for the following?
Casablanca 2: Sure, Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and his lady love Isla (Ingrid Bergman) didn’t work out in the most tragic of circumstances in Casablanca. But, who’s to say we never saw them hook up and their love child now heads back to Casablanca on a mission to revive his father’s club as revolution brews on the streets.
Some Like It Hotter: A pair of hoodlums trying to escape the mob dress in drag and become part of a showgirl musical troupe that is raising money to stop global warming.
Citizen Kane 2: When a man learns that he is a long lost relative of Kane of Citizen Kane fame, he embarks on a journey to revive his family’s publishing empire. He quickly learns that the world of newspapers is slowly dying and, in a brilliant move, starts a gossip website that quickly becomes an international sensation.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 2: His grandfather may have been a populist, but Jefferson Smith III is a Tea Party leader who lives to disrupt all things progress in Congress. The film culminates in his epic 48-hour filibuster to stop the renewal of food stamps and finds him quoting famous comedies such as Dumb and Dumber and Anchorman when he runs out of things to say.
My Fair Lady 2: Eliza Doolittle’s granddaughter is now the toast of London society. Out walking the streets one day, she is taken by a male British gypsy (think Brad Pitt in Snatch). He is an utter mess in all senses and she can’t even understand a word he says. Remembering her grandmother’s story she heard ad nauseum, she decides to see if she and her society lady friends can turn this pauper into a prince.