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Does Anyone Really Need a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel? [Video]

I really thought the original “Mrs. Doubtfire” was a nice little movie.

It was cute. Robin Williams was his goofy self, and Sally Field played a nice foil to his antics.

But do we need a sequel? It doesn’t matter; it’s coming.

When I first saw this story breaking on the entertainment pages this morning, I thought it was a joke. But it appears it is happening.

Williams is on board for a “Mrs. Doubtfire” sequel sometime in 2015, FOX 2000 has announced.  

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Chris Columbus will be back as the director; and the film will be written by Danny Berenbaum, who wrote the hit Holiday movie, “Elf.”  That last bit of news is the probably the best part of it, as “Elf” had a lot of wit and a ton of heart.

In the original “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Williams played an aspiring children’s show host, Danny Hillard, who because of his childlike nature and lack of responsibility, angers his ex-wife (played by Field) and that leads to him losing visitation rights to his three children.

When the ex-Mrs. Hillard puts an ad in the newspaper for a nanny, Hillard dresses in drag as an older Scottish woman, Euphegenia Doubtfire, and thus begins the hijinx.

While the situation is entirely way over the top and unbelievable, the movie is good, G-rated fun, accented by Williams keen eye for improvisation.  

The original was rated as one of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time by the American Film Institute, and it made more than $220 million at the box office nationally and $440 million internationally.

That last fact is probably the main driving force for a sequel, which has been in the works since Bonnie Hunt was signed up to write a script in 2001.  However, that never got off the ground as either Williams or Columbus vetoed the various rewrites.

While some are overjoyed at the news, cast member Mara Wilson, who played Nattie in the original, has already tweeted she wants nothing to do with the sequel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can only hope there is another run by fruiting of Pierce Brosnan.

On Facebook, Matt came up with a pretty good script idea.

His now canceled kids show is having a resurgence on YouTube and Buzzfeed articles. He now makes his living going to parties wearing the costume for a bunch of late Gen X’ers/early Millennials living off memories of the show. Tired of taking selfies with them, he tries to just be Daniel, the granddad, only to find out they only like the old lady more.

I’ll go if that’s the story line.

 

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