For some unfathomable reason, a bunch of Hollywood executives are working on a sequel to "Mrs. Doubtfire," the cringe-inducing 1993 hit starring Robin Williams as a man who cross-dresses as his separated wife's housekeeper in an attempt to get more face-time with his three children.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the film's original director, Chris Columbus, is game -- as is Williams. (For the record, Mara Wilson, who played the youngest child in the film, is not returning, and no one has approached her). David Berenbaum, who wrote "Elf," is working on the script.
A sequel "has been in the works since 2001," notes THR, "but despite many drafts and other scribes hired, the project slowly died and has been inactive for years, mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any new take."
Berenbaum's script has the magic touch, apparently, but forgive the general public if we seem skeptical.
This was probably your first reaction upon hearing the news:
Because we all know how good sequels are:
Especially with a movie whose entire premise is "dude looks like a lady." That doesn't sound problematic at all, nope!:
Besides, "Arrested Development" already did this. How could this NOT be self-parody?:
Why is this happening? It makes no sense:
But it is, indeed, happening (well, most likely). Here are 5 potential plot ideas:
And Total Film writer Matt Risley suggests"MR DOUBTFIRE":
As Miranda - the long-suffering wife of Daniel - Sally Field could do nothing but stand back and put up with all the cross-dressing tomfoolery in the original movie.
Fast forward twenty years, and she's struggling to get to the top of the business world in the face of the ever-prescient sexism glass ceiling. Which is when Daniel comes across a genius idea - Miranda should dress up as a hotshot businessman, and subvert her colleague's bigoted chauvinism.