The people’s favorite nanny of the 90s is back! After 21 years 20th Century Fox is finally making a sequel to the hit film Mrs Doubtfire, hopefully set to light up screens in the near future. It looks like comedy actor Robin Williams is all set to don one of his most-loved mantles as the nanny every child of the 90s wished they had. While it is yet to be confirmed, both Williams and the director Chris Columbus are said to be on board with the new script that was recently produced. Previous attempts have been made since as far back as 2001 to interest the original duo of the incredibly successful 1993 comedy in making a second film which would follow the dysfunctional family and their cross dressing father/nanny.
However, when multiple rewrites of a script by Bonnie Hunt were rejected by both Williams and Columbus, the writer of smash Christmas hit Elf, David Berenbaum, was enlisted to create a new script at the start of this year. His version of Mrs Doubtfire 2 is said to have been the first version to appeal to both the Harry Potter director and the nanny herself, Williams. It is too early to say if the film will actually go into production, and even though both Williams and Columbus are said to be keen there is no news on whether the other two stars, Pierce Brosnan and Sally Field, will also return. Field played the long-suffering ex-wife of the main character, Daniel Hillard, and Brosnan served as her new love interest showing that he could do comedy just as well as he could master the James Bond films. There is also the issue of conflicting schedules as Williams is due to star in his drama The Angriest Man in Brooklyn which opens on May 23, as well as his continuing lead role in the CBS show The Crazy Ones. Director Columbus is similarly busy currently working on a sci-fi film Pixels which features Adam Sandler and set to go into production in Toronto, Canada, over the summer. So while it seems everyone involved in the project is keen to see Mrs Doubtfire once more light up screens with a sequel, it is by no means a forgone conclusion and given how many times attempts have fallen through in the past fans will hope they are not being set up for another disappointment.
Mrs Doubtfire was a massive crowd-pleaser at the box office when first released; it netted $219 million domestically and $222 million around the world. It was also praised by critics and resulted in a best actor Golden Globe for its star Robin Williams as well as the same prize in the best musical/comedy category. Based on the novel by Anne Fine the film centered on a recently divorced actor who resorts to hilarious and extreme methods in order to see more of his children after his estranged wife is unwilling to let him look after them. Utilizing his voice acting skills, the unemployed Daniel Hillard (Williams) decides to impersonate an elderly Scottish nanny with the name Euphegenia Doubtfire, and recruits his make-up artist brother to help create the perfect and convincing image of Mrs Doubtfire. Various laugh-out-loud moments follow his successful infiltration of the family home as everyone makes adjustments to the new arrangements.
It is consistently ranked as one of the best family comedies of all time and one of the funniest films made in the 20th century. Despite the fact it was first released over 20 years ago, Mrs Doubtfire remains a nostalgic treasure of the 90s and is sure to set the eyes of fans alight as well as lighting up screens with the proposed sequel in the works.
Commentary by Rhona Scullion