Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel in the Works 20 Years Later, Mara Wilson, Lisa Jakub Not Involved

Entertainment Apr. 17, 2014 AT 12:30PM
Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams is on board for Mrs. Doubtfire 2. Credit: Everett Collection

Mrs. Doubtfire is checking back in! More than 20 years after the release of the original 1993 comedy film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is in the works. 

The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday, April 16, that Fox is developing a sequel to the beloved family film. Williams, 62, will reportedly star in the follow-up under the direction of Chris Columbus, who helmed the first '90s movie. Field has yet to comment on the flick. 

Williams appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire as Daniel Hillard, a single father who is struggling to connect with his children after his divorce from his wife Miranda (Sally Field). In an attempt to become a bigger part of their lives, he dresses up as a woman, takes on the identity of a caring older nanny Mrs. Doubtfire, and interviews with his ex-wife to take care of the children. Cross-dressing, heart-wrenching hijinks ensue as Hillard becomes Mrs. Doubtfire. 

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Former child actress Mara Wilson, who starred in the film as the Hillards' daughter Natalie, took to Twitter after the news broke to comment on the sequel. "For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I," she wrote. "I've been in some mediocre movies, but I've never been in a sequel. And I have no interest in being in one now."

She went on to express her skepticism in the movie itself, continuing, "Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end. I'm glad I had the chance to be in it, and I'm proud of what we did, but I don't see how we could do it again."

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Wilson, who added that she hasn't been asked to appear in the film said that she doesn't think a sequel "makes sense plot-wise" but added, "I loved being in Doubtfire, and I'm grateful every day I had that experience."

Self-proclaimed "retired actor" Lisa Jakub, who played the couple's eldest daughter Lydia Hillard, gave her two cents on the sequel as well, writing, "It's news to me! No one has asked and don't know how I would feel about it. Hard to comment without any information!"

Mrs. Doubtfire 2, which is currently without a release date, is being penned by Elf scribe David Berenbaum. The original 1993 film made $219 million at the domestic box office and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe awards for Best Comedy or Musical and Best Actor for Robin Williams. 

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