21 years later, a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works

By Gina Masilotti,

In 1993, Robin Williams blessed us with the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire and now, over 20 years later, a sequel is finally being made! We can only hope this one includes just as many flowered dresses, latex faces and non-stop laughs as the first one did.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Chris Columbus will be returning, as well as the star of the movie, Robin Williams. David Berenbaum, who’s the writer of our favorite modern day Christmas movie, Elf, is writing the script for this sequel and Fox 2000 will be producing the movie.

The sequel was going to be in the process of being made in 2001, with Bonnie Hunt as the writer, but despite the number of drafts and writers being brought on, the project came to a halt. Columbus and Williams weren’t sparking any new ideas, and the project slowly died.

Earlier this year, they began working on the script again with Berenbaum. Although it’s too soon to assume that this is going to work out perfectly, Williams and Columbus are set on making it happen and hopeful about the outcome.

The original starred Williams as a struggling actor, trying to get closer to his children after he and his wife divorce and she gained full custody. He has his brother disguise him as a Nanny, Euphegenia Doubtfire, and ends up becoming his beloved children’s favorite babysitter.

The movie made $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally. Williams won a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical/comedy, and the movie itself won a Golden Globe for best comedy/musical.

It’s unclear whether the sequel’s plot will be similar to that of the first, especially since all three kids are grown up now. Mara Wilson, who played William’s youngest daughter in the movie, has since retired from acting and has made it very clear on Twitter that she will not be returning for the sequel.

First, Wilson tweeted, “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.” She then added, “Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end.” And finally, “I loved being in Doubtfire, and I’m grateful every day I had that experience. I met my sister-for-life Lisa there. I had a great time. But I don’t think a sequel makes sense plot wise, and I don’t think there’d be a part for me even if I did still act and was interested.”

Images via Twitter from Mara Wilson.



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