Movie Watch: In this day and age of movie remakes, production has already started on a newer updated version of the most beloved holiday classic, It's A Wonderful Life, which originally aired in 1946 and starred Jimmy Stewart with Donna Reed. And surprisingly it's none other than blockbuster director Jerry Bruckheimer producing/directing it.
Bruckheimer, the mastermind behind such hits as Top Gun, Armageddon, Con Air, The Rock, Bad boys I & II, Enemy of the State, and Flashdance, had specific ideas for the film which demanded his having complete artistic control.
"I've always wanted to remake it since I was a kid," said Jerry. "Many people don't realize it, but I have a formula for making movies, so the old format had to go. And since computer graphics have pushed special effects beyond the envelope, I can now do the project the way I believe [Frank] Capra would have if he had the same technology back then."
Some of the changes for the new IAWL film, slated for release Christmas 2004, are considered by some to maybe stray too far from the original. One of the most drastic changes is that the lead characters are not a couple, but a teenage trio (George, Mary and Sam) who form a modern day love triangle whose only boundaries are experimentation.
The plot follows the three troubled youths through their trials and love scenes in a fictional sleepy town in the California desert mountains. Their troubles begin when they diss their drug dealer (known as Soup-Dog Potter) by paying for their stash with counterfeit (Monopoly) money.
As they run from him in amazingly choreographed chase scenes throughout Bedford Falls, a guardian alien (guardalien) is sent to turn the troubled teens from their doomed path of tumult and destruction.
The drug dealer, however, shoots the alien and kills it. This triggers the Guardaliens' armada to attack earth, and specifically Bedford Falls which is built upon a dormant volcano-dormant, that is, until a UFO ray beam triggers it to erupt thus burying BF in a lake of molten magma.
The aliens then go on to destroy almost all human life on Earth. So as not to keep the ending too dreary (it IS supposed to be a wonderful life, after all), Bruckheimer has the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie as the sole survivors left to repopulate the earth.
Due to certain scenes between these two at the end of the movie, it has earned an NC-17 rating.