Talk about coming out from left field!!! No one saw it coming now did anyone really want it, but Fox 2000 has confirmed plans for a sequel to the 1993 movie Mrs. Doubtfire.
For those who are hesitant about this news, of which I am one of them, should know that there have been innumerable movies with promised sequels that never happened including E.T., Forrest Gump, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Elf. With any luck Mrs. Doubtfire will be one of them.
While Robin Williams is said to be on board to reprise his role as the hilarious nanny, no other cast members have confirmed their involvement.
Mara Wilson, who played the adorable youngest child, emphatically told via Twitter that she has no plans to return for the sequel. All grown up her credits included Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street. She’s been very vocal about her departure from the spotlight and says she no longer wants the life of an actress (although she did do a very uncomfortably awkward run as Cinderella in a Texas theater a few years ago). While it’s not clear whether it’s because she got sick of the industry, or (more likely) the industry got sick of her, she wants to stay far away from the camera.
The movie, in addition to Williams, will also have original director Christopher Columbus return and have Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum.
To me, this seems like a last chance effort by Williams (now infamous for being a little out there) to go back to his Glory Days. But having a twenty year time gap between movies and it unlikely that many cast members to return, the movie seems fated to never escape paper.
Plus, do we even want another one? There’s not much more you can tell about the series except if him and his estranged wife (played by Sally Fields) get back together. And if that does happen, I think that would be a mistake. What was so special about the original was that it didn’t give false hope to kids that their parents could get back together (cough cough Parent Trap).
We think a sequel to something that worked so well will ruin the legacy the original had. Don’t mess with something that works (or in this case worked). Not everything needs to be milked out into a saturated flop. But then again…what else can you expect from Hollywood?