I want to preface this article noting that sequels to Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam, and/or The Birdcage are probably not going to happen, much less anytime soon. However, Robin Williams commented on the status of possible sequels in a recent interview, and it’s worth a discussion. Williams refrained from the empty promises that sometimes burdens such talk, so I feel like we have an accurate representation of the odds that face each sequel. And since the sequel to Dumb and Dumber was announced, I am no longer willing to rule out any comedy sequel, no matter how many years removed we are from the original. Hit the jump for the Williams quotes that lay out the gameplan.
Of the three, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 would be the biggest deal. To this day, Mrs. Doubtfire is Williams’ biggest hit after grossing more than $200 million domestically to become the #2 movie of 1993, right behind Jurassic Park. There is clear motivation to revive the property, but according to Williams, they haven’t been able to solidify the story:
“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.”
Moviehole next inquired if a Good Morning, Vietnam sequel titled Good Morning, Chicago was ever in the works. Indeed, says Williams. Though it sounds like Good Morning, Chicago is dead:
“That was actually real. They were trying to write it. It was based around the democratic convention in Chicago. Part of it worked, Part of it didn’t work because it’d be him dealing with the politics of revolt in Chicago at the time… but anyway, they did do [the script] but it didn’t all work. It was also a matter of trying to find someone to back it. It was almost there. It was a great idea! thanks for reminding me! Wow.”
We’ll close with the project that Williams shared the most optimism for (relatively speaking): The Birdcage 2.
“They’re trying to figure out which [story] to write for that. We will see what happens.”
So there you have it. The Birdcage 2: possibly. Good Morning, Chicago: no. Mrs. Doubtfire 2: perhaps, eventually.
Moviehole also mentions that there is no Flubber sequel in the works (thank God), despite rumors to the contrary.