With $219 million, Mrs. Doubtfire ranks second on the 1993 domestic box office charts, just behind Jurassic Park. That was Robin Williams‘ peak as a box office draw, so he was in no rush to make a sequel. Fox started developing a Mrs. Doutbfire sequel in 2001, but Williams reportedly rejected the script in 2006, and the project has remained dormant since. The actor noted in a recent interview, “They kept trying and it doesn’t work… because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs. Doubtfire] is.” David Berenbaum (Elf) must have found a way to make it work, because The Wrap reports Fox 2000 has revived Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with a script by Berenbaum. Williams is on board and Chris Columbus will return to direct.
In the original Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams played a recently divorced actor who whipped up a disguise as a Scottish nanny to spend more time with his kids. The report does not specify where Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will pick up. More after the jump.
Here’s the Mrs. Doubtfire trailer:
This is Williams’ full quote from 2011 on previous attempts to develop a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel:
“They could never write it. They kept trying and it doesn’t work… because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs. Doubtfire] is. So it ends up being her for five minutes and then she transitions into some old Russian woman. They so far can’t crack it.”
So they cracked it!
Anyone out there looking forward to Mrs. Doubtfire 2? I feel it will make a nice enough double feature with Dumb and Dumber To and suspect Wayne’s World 3 is up next.