With the untimely death of Robin Williams, the industry is left with a big, gaping hole in a project that was in the development stages. Mrs. Doubtfire 2, the sequel to the 1993 hit film, is likely to be scrapped without the star to lead the movie.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox was working with Williams and director, Christopher Columbus, to make the film a reality. There was already a second draft of the movie being written by screenwriter, David Berenbaum.
Without its charismatic star in the cross-dressing role, there will probably be no sequel. A SheKnows writer noticed that Williams’ IMDb profile had Mrs. Doubtfire 2 listed as “announced” on his filmography earlier on Monday, but it has now been removed.
Several of the original cast members, including Matthew Lawrence, were reportedly ready to join the former Mork & Mindy star for the sequel.
Lisa Jakub, who played Lydia Hillard in the film, told the Huffington Post, “I’m in the same boat as a lot of other people. I’m kind of wondering how they’re going to come up with a storyline that’s going to do the project justice. But I feel like if anybody can come up with something that is both hilarious and also very meaningful, it is going to be this team. We’ll just have to see where they’ll take the plot. Nobody has talked to me about the sequel, so I really don’t know what I would say.”
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Mara Wilson, who played the youngest child, Natalie, was against a second movie. She tweeted in April, “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I. I’ve been in some mediocre movies, but I’ve never been in a sequel. And I have no interest in being in one now. Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end. I’m glad I had the chance to be in it, and I’m proud of what we did, but I don’t see how we could do it again. There are many, many reasons I don’t want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven’t even asked me [yet], so no need to worry.”
While the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is probably canceled, Williams also had several finished films that will be released later this year, including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Next year, he will be on the big screen as Dennis the Dog in the live-action comedy, Absolutely Anything. He also has the indie film, Boulevard, with Bob Odenkirk, which is still seeking distribution.
Williams died on Monday at the age of 63.
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