Robin Williams' Posthumous Movies: Films the Late Actor Left Behind
In the coming months, the late Robin Williams will continue to be remembered on the big screen. At the time of the beloved actor's untimely death on Monday, Aug. 11, he was included in four new movies, which are set for posthumous releases.
Williams, who died of a suspected suicide in Tiburon, Calif. at the age of 63, starred in the drama Boulevard with Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Baker. Directed by Dito Montiel (Empire State), the project screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.
Boulevard received positive reviews from critics and was looking for theatrical distribution at the time of Williams' passing. The movie stars the late actor as a man in a mediocre job and marriage, who reevaluates his life when he starts spending time with an unexpected companion. Following Williams' death, Boulevard may get picked up for distribution in the coming months.
Due out later this year, the celebrated star appears in Merry Friggin' Christmas alongside Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, and Joel McHale, among others. McHale spoke about working with Williams on the comedy earlier this year, telling the New York Daily News, "I have never met anybody with a bigger brain than him… When you talk to Robin you think, 'I have learned more in the last 20 minutes than I ever learned.' He is such an open soul and one of the most sensitive and great guys, and I would kill for the man. And I have already offered to kill people for him."
The holiday flick follows a funny family at Christmastime and is expected to hit theaters in November.
In December, Williams will return to the big screen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Rebel Wilson, among others. The trailer for the latest installment in the Night at the Museum franchise was released just two weeks ago.
The adventure film features Williams as former President Teddy Roosevelt. He previously took on the role in 2006's Night at the Museum and 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Williams had also lent his legendary talents to the upcoming Absolutely Anything. Due out in 2015, the sci-fi flick features the Oscar winner voicing the character of Dennis the talking dog, alongside contributions from Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, and Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and John Cleese, among others.
One hyped Williams project that is unlikely to see the light of day is the previously scheduled Mrs. Doubtfire sequel. Earlier this year, news broke that Fox 2000 was developing a follow-up to the beloved 1993 comedy, with Williams attached to reprise his role of Daniel Hillard. According to Variety, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will likely be scrapped following Williams' passing.
Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus said in a statement to Variety of Williams, "His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.' We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever."
Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire costar Sally Field added, "I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I'm sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I'm sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long.... tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace."