After negotiations earlier this month, Universal has managed to bring Dustin Hoffman back on board for Little Fockers and will insert him into the movie via pick-up shoots. According to Deadline, Fockers is scheduled for a week’s worth of shooting in September and will be filming six entirely new scenes, four of which will include Hoffman’s character, Bernie Focker. Hoffman originally didn’t return for the new film because he couldn’t reach a deal with Universal. However, producers and John Hamburg and Jay Roach were able to convince the actor to return and reportedly at the cost of what they were originally going to pay him.
The pickups with Hoffman are for “some pivotal scenes opposite Barbra Streisand, and then in a big scene at the end of the movie involving all the major characters. Other pickup scenes focus on Ben Stiller and the kids.” Despite this major fix of re-introducing Hoffman into the film, I doubt audiences will mind (if they even know about it). Meet the Fockers scored $279 million domestic in 2004 and judging by the trailer, the sequel doesn’t look like it’s changed anything that made the first two films so popular. Little Fockers opens on December 22nd.