Fox Developing ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel with Robin Williams

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 9:07 am,

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After a star turning role in Dead Poet’s Society in 1989, Robin Williams had a quick succession of popular, hit comedies: Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and so on. But it was his role as divorced actor Daniel Hillard – not to mention Daniel’s alter ego, Euphegenia Doubtfire – in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) that brought Williams both popular acclaim and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

In that film, Daniel lost a custody battle for his children with his ex-wife (Sally Field). While he was allowed to visit with his kids once a week, Daniel also chose to cross-dress as an elderly woman and become the children’s nanny in order to be around them as much as possible. It’s one of those brilliantly dumb schemes that lends itself perfectly to many hilarious outcomes, all of which Williams played wonderfully.

Like a majority of Hollywood’s family comedies, Mrs. Doubtfire had a happy ending, so the need for a sequel isn’t all too clear (except, of course, $$$). However, if a recent report is to be believed, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is happening.

According to THR, Fox 2000 is currently developing the sequel with the intention of reuniting director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Williams for the project. The script will be penned by David Berenbaum (Elf).

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This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, as years ago Bonnie Hunt had purportedly written a script, but nothing ever came of it. Since then, Columbus has commented on the possibility of a sequel, but never with any concrete plans to pursue one. Here’s what he said a few years back:

“‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is an interesting idea for a sequel because it’s the one time in film history where you can revisit the character and they’ll be the same age 15 years later. Because of the make-up, people can see Mrs. Doubtfire again and nothing has changed about her, which I think is kind of interesting.”

Not too sure about this being the “one time in film history” it’s been possible to revisit a character years later and in real time, but chances are under that makeup – and especially a layer or two of whipped topping – Williams would look no different as Mrs. Doubtfire than he did over 20 years ago.

The real question is: What would a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel be about? If it were to have Daniel reconnecting with his grandchildren through the same character, it’d be too much of a rehashing of the original’s plot. What’s more plausible is some kind of follow-up with Daniel featuring his show, Euphegenia’s House, where he continued to play the character, dishing out homespun advice. Perhaps the show was a runaway hit and the character is now out of his control, or maybe it flopped and Daniel’s in ruin, having to rely on his children for support.

Whatever writer David Berenbaum has in mind, his past work on Elf is proof enough he can make a good blend of family-friendly material and comedy that isn’t cringeworthy. And the promised involvement of both Columbus and Williams will surely put those on the fence about a sequel coming some two decades later more at ease.

What do you think of the possibility of a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire? Is the time right? What could it be about? Sound off in the comments below!


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on Mrs. Doubtfire 2 as it develops.

Source: THR

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  1. I rather watch a child pornography snuff film.

    • What the-?!

    • You prob would.

    • Best movie put-down ever.

      • If you’re complimenting will’s m0r0nic comment (and are not simply being sarcastic), you are showing yourself to be as disturbingly $tup!d as he is)…

        • Grow a pair, buddy.

          • Thus, you prove my point about you, will.

            • All you’ve proven is you’ve got no sense of humor and are indeed what the internet calls a “moralfa-” with a g at the end.

              • Ah…dumb AND obnoxious. What a peach of a person you are.

                I think we’re done. Toodles.

                • You’re laughable. You get offended by the mere mention of snuff or kiddie porn, grow a pair already.

                  • The fact that you can make such a statement so lightly shows me that you should seek some kind of psychiatric help…and stay far away from kids.

                    • I have two nieces, and I have no desire whatsoever to have sex with them. I just don’t cringe nor get offended my the mere notion of morally questionable acts, unlike you. Specially if they’re involved in HUMOR, which you seem not to get. Grow. A. Pair.

                    • will…

                      I am a teacher…Such inane jokes, of COURSE, irritate me…as do the creatures who make them. On a more interesting note, you should probably stop concerning yourself with my te$ticle$. Perhaps, you really DO need to talk to someone…

                      But hey…at least, your next nieces have nothing to fear…on the other hand, if there are any nephews…

    • I’m so sad that he hurt so much and felt so hopeless. We love you Robin Williams.

  2. I think the time for a sequel passed a long time ago. That said, I’d still reeeally be interested in what a modern day sequel would look like. I have no doubt Williams would nail the character again but finding a new story seems tricky.

    • There’s already been a crapload of sequels, courtesy of Tyler Perry. This remake is entirely un-necessary.

      • You’re comparing Madea to Mrs. Doubtfire? Nonsense!

    • Look at the upcoming sequel to Dumb and Dumber. It’s been almost 20 years since they made that one and they’re now doing a sequel to it.

    • I would be willing to give it a chance. There are some angles that could be played that would make it work well, and being written by David Berenbaum improves its chances, IMO. That aside, Mara Wilson has already stated she has no interest in making a sequel, or at the very least, knows little about it, so who knows? Maybe it will reach development hell, and stop. Regardless, if it makes it to the screen, I’ll still give it a chance. Robin Williams, Chris Columbus, and David Berenbaum? It could be good, and it’s worth a shot.

      • My memory of the movie is fuzzy, but didn’t they have something with Mrs. Doubtfire doing her own show and answering a letter from someone? I think they could continue on with that and ignore the whole family thing altogether.

  3. As much I like Mrs. Doubtfire, a sequel is too late to do or is not needed.

  4. Yes! please!

  5. The original was terrific. But a sequel? I don’t think so. Sequels usually bomb and with comedies, even more so. The idea too, that Mrs. D. is going to look like she did in the original (or so I read) is rather silly. It’s been 20 years or so and she would NOT look as she did way back when. Why ruin the original story by making a sequel that is almost certain to bomb. Remember Smokey and the Bandit II? Awful! How about Every Which Way You Can (the sequel to Every Which Way But Loose)? The sequel was a total bore, not funny at all. Think back to American Graffiti. Now think about the sequel More American Graffiti. See what I mean? There are countless others wherein the original movies were great, but attempts to recapture the magic with sequels failed big time. Leave well enough alone and don’t mess with a winner. Just enjoy the original for all the laughs. Hollywood should have learned by now that you simply cannot go home again, as it were.

  6. I wouldn’t mind revisiting this character as long as they keep the charm and wit of the original. It would be great to see Robin Williams in a staring role in a comedy again instead of taking supporting roles. However, (of course this is my opinion) I think a sequel to The Birdcage would be better suited as I truly found that to be one of Robin’s funniest films and would be more easier to craft a sequel from.

    • I would love to see a sequel to The Birdcage.

      • I third that idea for Birdcage sequel

        • I third the nomination.
          I saw the second original movie from France, “La cage aux folles 2″, and it’ even MORE hillarious than the first one. Gene Hackman will have to do a cameo if they want to respect the original French-European version.

          • *fourth
            Sorry Mr.Obvious. :)

  7. Wow, it is really late, isn’t it ? I dont know.

  8. If the same actors play the kids all grown up now, I’d watch it.

    Would love to see what Matthew Lawrence looks like now :)
    Plus that cute little girl who was also Matilda, wonder what she is like now!

    • She’s as adorable as ever:

      • Mara Wilson already said she wants nothing to do with it. I believe her exact words were “sequels suck.”

  9. I think a Mrs. Doubtfire Part 2 is happening

  10. Mrs. Doubtfire 2: How Storytelling Died

    • Stop saying that

  11. The sequel has ‘bad idea’ written all over it. It’s a similar situation to Big Momma’s House-two men cross-dress in order to advance the plot (Man wants to be with his family, and man wants to catch a criminal, does so through befriending criminal’s (ex?) girlfriend). Both plots get wrapped up neatly at the end. Mrs. Doubtfire says that Daniel Hillard has joint custody and that he has settled his differences with his ex-wife. Anything that happens now could either ruin that dynamic between the family, or the sequel could veer off into a different direction. It’s not looking good.

  12. Why?

  13. Oh My ! I have said this all along, Lets bring Mrs Doubtfire to life ! Forget Barney and all the others. Let’s bring real life home by making this a series on morning tv for children.

  14. Why a sequel now the kids that where in it now range from 27 years old to 34 years old currently I mean I loved Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993 but if you where going to do a sequel your window was from 1994 to 1996. Plus in the original Mrs. Doubtfire was reveiled so it was not a movie made for a sequel. I would bet that the sequel even with inflation does not match the original box office.

  15. R.I.P. Robin McLaurin Williams

  16. Not anymore they aren’t.

  17. i think even though robin Williams passed they should still make the movie ms. doubt fire here are 3 ideas Michael Lee Clayton ,Alain Poudensan ,David Born

  18. In light of Robin’s death… I would say that a sequel is a dreadful idea.

    If fans of Mrs. Doubtfire want more in the future, I’d say people’s best bet would be for some Ultimate Edition DVD or some super-duper-deluxe-collector’s-anniversary edition to come along – one that would include a Mrs. Doubtfire EXTENDED CUT, which would features those 30 minutes worth of deleted scenes from the ‘Behind-the-Seams’ Edition 2-disc set, edited back into the original film. That way, fans of Robin Williams can get more of his acting without having to totally rebuild the character from the ground up, as a sequel would demand.

    Even though I already have the ‘Behind-the-Seams’ Edition, if some fancy Extended DVD 3-disc gift set were to be released in the future, I’d probably buy it… if for no other reason than because I miss Robin Williams. That way, movie fans could just enjoy more Robin Williams with the Extended Cut.

    Could that happen in the future? I’d say it’s very possible… I also think it’s a worthy extended cut that would be welcome to any Robin Williams fan. I’d say that’s about the ONLY thing the future could hold for Mrs. Doubtfire.