It's been over 20 years since Robin Williams starred as Daniel Hillard, a down-on-his-luck actor who dresses up as a Scottish nanny in order to spend time with his children after his wife files for divorce. The original Mrs. Doubtfire grossed an impressive $441 million worldwide, and co-starred Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan.
Fox 2000 has hired Elf screenwriter, David Berenbaum, to pen the sequel, with both Williams and director, Chris Columbus, reportedly on board.
SheKnows can't help but wonder what the sequel might look like.
As fans remember, the first film was emotionally grounded by the Hillards' undeniable love for their children — the final moments on the screen paint an incredibly moving portrait of a family's struggle to remain connected through the pain of divorce. Starting the sequel with some kind of falling out between Williams' character and the now-adult children seems like a bummer, so what if one of the kids has gone on to marry a real stick-in-the-mud who refuses to let fun "grandpa" meet the grandkids?
Mara Wilson might not want anything to do with a sequel, but hey, what has Lisa Jakub (who played the oldest daughter, Lydia) been doing lately?
The pitch: Lydia marries a no-nonsense business exec who hasn't had fun in years. When she agrees that they need a nanny, she convinces her dad to bring Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire out of retirement. Hilarity ensues.
Sure, it's basically a rehash of the first go-round, but sequels have been built on worse. We're looking at you, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...
The pitch: In the two decades since we last caught up with Euphegenia, her TV show, Euphegenia's House, has been nationally syndicated, and now the "hip old granny" is getting pushed to retire. Rather than turn the character over to just any young face, Daniel tries to convince his son, Chris (played by Matthew Lawrence), to take over the family business.
Think of it as a "father/son dressing like women" bonding-type thing, with step-dad, Pierce Brosnan, thrown in (in heels) for good measure.
Or better yet, since Hollywood is in the middle of the McConaissance, why not capitalize on that sexy grin? The energy created by putting Robin Williams and Matthew McConaughey together on the screen (both dressed in drag) might rip a hole in the space-time continuum, but it'd be worth it.
Mrs. Doubtfire travels the globe, bringing her signature orthopedic pantyhose and wit to the world. Harvey Fierstein returns as Daniel's makeup artist brother, and the two wind up running down the streets of Spain with Mrs. Doubtfire's face flapping in the wind as a team of raging bulls charge behind them. (Come on, the poster practically designs itself!)
After the relative success of Johnny Knoxville's Bad Grandpa, it is clear that audiences want to see old people doing bad stuff. There would be no better way to reinvigorate the fan base than to let go of the PG13 rating and let Robin Williams' natural R-ratedness come out.
Daniel Hillard went from slacker-actor to a dedicated father and family icon and never looked back. He's become a workaholic with no time for a social life… and now the studio wants a newer, younger and manlier entertainer — Mr. Echo — to move onto Euphegenia's soundstage. After various studio high jinks and not-so-practical jokes fail to discredit Mr. Echo, it is revealed that "he" is really a well-disguised she. Daniel's nemesis turns out to be his soul mate, and the picture ends with a very confused justice of the peace asking Daniel if he'll take this woman, er, man, er woman... in lawfully-wedded (cross-dressing) bliss.
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