For Some Reason, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Getting a Sequel

By April 17, 2014
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It’s easy enough to wonder – often, aloud within the confines of the internet – who asked for a certain new production. Who asked for this new Spider-Man franchise? Who asked for a rebooted version of The Thing? Who asked for whatever the latest YA series is that no one saw? Who? In this case, however, we have to genuinely wonder: who asked for a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire?

No, really.

THR reports that the 1993 film is now getting a sequel from Fox 2000, one that will (seriously? is this real?) reunite director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams, both of whom have apparently decided that this is a good idea.

The outlet also reports that a sequel to the film has been bandied about for some time, as a sequel has been in the works at the studio since 2001, when actress/screenwriter Bonnie Hunt was picked to write a new script. That didn’t work out, and “despite many drafts and other scribes hired, the project slowly died and has been inactive for years, mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any new take.” The film is now getting new life with the attachment of screenwriter David Berenbaum, who previously penned Elf and The Haunted Mansion and is currently attached to a new Bugs Bunny film. Berenebaum reportedly came on board this Mrs. Doubtfire sequel (still the weirdest string of words we’ve seen this week) earlier this year.

Mrs. Doubtfire

As of now, there is no information about what the film will actually be about – beyond, of course, the obvious, that we’ll probably see Williams dressed up like the eponymous Scottish nanny again – and we’re frankly pretty confused about where this could go. The first film was all about Williams’ recently divorced dad, Daniel Hillard, attempting to connect with his kids (and his ex-wife, played by Sally Field) by posing as a nanny and taking care of them. Guess what? The ruse worked! Why do we need more of this? Will Daniel try the same thing to connect with his grandkids? Won’t everyone recognize him? Will there be more cake frosting facials?

Who asked for this? No, really? Did you? (We won’t judge, we just want to know why!)

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.