JUSTIN KROLL/VARIETY – Fox 2000 has tapped “Elf” scribe David Berenbaum to write a sequel to the 1993 comedy hit “Mrs. Doubtfire,” with Robin Williams attached to reprise his starring role and Chris Columbus to return as director.
The original movie, which was based on the Anne Fine book, followed Williams’ struggling actor and divorced father who disguises himself as an elderly housekeeper in order to see his kids while his ex-wife has custody. Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan also starred.
The pic took more than $400 million worldwide, and Fox has tried to get a sequel into production ever since. Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing for Fox 2000.
The WME-repped Berenbaum’s other credits include “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ was a major hit during the 1990s. You just can’t deny it. It truly was one of the funniest movies of all-time. Robin Williams delivered one classic line after another like “Help is on the way!” and “Hello, my dear!”. You had Doubtfire flashing a middle finger, vandalizing a luxury vehicle and throwing fruit. The restaurant scene where he kept switching personas was comedy gold at its most outrageous and it worked. I never expected FOX to ever produce a sequel, but with Robin Williams resurgent on ‘The Crazy Ones’, this could be his last big shot at reviving a once incredible movie career. Williams was a big time star in the 1980s and 1990s. He was as big as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell or anyone else who you can think of.
A lot of concern right now is the question: would a sequel work? Who from the original cast would return? Would we get Pierce Brosnan back? Sally Field? The children? Mara Wilson who played the youngest daughter wrote the following on the facebook page ‘Mara Wilson Writes Stuff’: “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I”. The way I see the sequel, is that it doesn’t have to feature his family this time around. Williams could be unemployed after the studio he got hired for in the original film goes bankrupt. He could be struggling to find work in this bad economy, so he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire upon finding a job, most ideal for a woman. I think a plot like that would work well. It does raise one question though.. wasn’t Mrs. Doubtfire a famous TV character at the end? A character known for being played by a man? Or did the show never take off like we were to assume? That network had not been excelling during the original. So many questions, but I’m sure we’ll get plot details as they come.