It’s official. Over 20 years after the original, Robin Williams will reprise his role as Euphegenia Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard in a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel currently in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Fox 2000 is developing a sequel to the 1993 family-favorite film, Mrs. Doubtfire. The website also verified that Williams, who won a Golden Globe for his efforts in the original, would be reunited with Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus in the sequel. Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum has been tapped to write the script.
In the 1993 classic, Williams plays Daniel Hillard, an estranged father who dresses as an elderly Scottish nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, so that he can spend time with his three children.
Williams currently stars in the hit CBS series The Crazy Ones, and his latest film, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, will open in theaters May 23.
Owner of an Oscar for his work in Good Will Hunting, the legendary 62-year-old actor has also received numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actor Guild, and Grammy awards.
Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Fields also starred in the 1993 family classic as did Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. There is no word if they plan to join in the sequel.
Mrs. Doubtfire is based on the 1987 novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine.
Mrs. Doubtfire raked in $441 million at the box office worldwide and was 1993’s second highest-grossing film, behind Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The film also won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Mrs Doubtfire currently enjoys a 6.8 (out of 10) on the Internet Movie Database. In addition, it is ranked 67th in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies, a list of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century
While public reaction seems to be overall positive, not everyone is happy. Upon hearing news of the planned sequel, Mara Wilson, 26, who played the youngest daughter, Natalie “Nattie” Hillard, in the original, took to Twitter.
“For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.”
She added: “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.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
A release date for the sequel, tentatively dubbed Mrs. Doubtfire 2, has not yet been announced.