Kenya Barris Set to Remake Beloved Christmas Film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with a Modern Twist

Los Angeles, California – The beloved Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” may undergo a transformative makeover. Kenya Barris, the creator of the popular sitcom “black-ish,” has confirmed that he will be remaking the 1946 film with Paramount. The new version will tell the same story from the perspective of a person of color.

Barris expressed his excitement about working on a Christmas movie with such a rich history. He believes that the story of someone trying to help their community, only to face challenges, is a perfect vehicle for a person of color to tell their own narrative. With many communities dealing with their own issues, Barris feels that exploring this theme from a fresh perspective is timely and important.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Frank Capra, follows the story of George Bailey, portrayed by James Stewart. The film takes place on Christmas Eve and showcases Bailey’s personal struggles as he contemplates suicide. However, he is shown an alternate reality by his guardian angel, which ultimately leads him to realize the impact he has had on those around him.

Paramount representatives have not yet commented on the announcement. However, Barris has already completed the script for another remake project he has in mind – “The Wizard of Oz.” In this version, the story will be centered around a woman from Inglewood, California, living in a massive apartment complex called the Bottoms. Barris believes that this reimagining can capture the essence of the original film’s message of self-reliance and the hero’s journey, while allowing people to embrace and celebrate their own backgrounds.

Both of these remakes aim to offer a fresh perspective on well-loved classics. Barris hopes that his storytelling will make audiences proud and happy about where they come from, while also inviting the world to appreciate and understand different communities. With these projects, Barris intends to create narratives that resonate with diverse audiences, bringing new life and relevance to these timeless stories.