Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel has its sights set on a familiar filmmaker to take the reigns. It's come to light that Joe Johnston, who made his directorial debut with the original 1989 family-friendly classic, is being courted to come back to the franchise a full three decades later to direct Shrunk. Josh Gad Frozen 2, Murder On the Orient Express is set to star in the lead role.
According to a new report, Joe Johnston is in negotiations to direct Shrunk. His deal hasn't closed yet, but things seem to be heading in the right direction. The movie came together as a result of a pitch made by Josh Gad. The actor will play a grown-up version of Nick Szalinski, the son of Rick Moranis' character, Wayne Szalinski from the original. Gad will reportedly follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a scientist who also ends up shrinking his kids. Disney is said to have met with other filmmakers, but ultimately felt that Johnston was the best fit for the job.
Joe Johnston has helmed his fair share of blockbusters over the years. The director also tackled 1991's The Rocketeer for Disney before moving onto other movies such as Jumanji and October Sky. Johnston has also dabbled in franchises as well, having directed Jurassic Park III and, perhaps most importantly, Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the earliest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johnston is also attached to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, which was going to be his final directorial effort. However, the Narnia franchise is being rebooted at Netflix, so it's likely those plans have changed.
It would be somewhat poetic if Joe Johnston does sign on to direct Shrunk and makes this his final movie instead, as he would be bookending his impressive career with the same franchise. Two sequels to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids were produced. First was 1992's Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, which was followed by the direct-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves in 1997. Johnston wasn't involved in either of the previous sequels. Todd Rosenberg has been tapped to pen the script for the sequel/reboot, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman on board to produce.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was a massive hit for Disney at the time of its release, grossing $222 million at the global box office. At the time, that represented a record for a Disney live-action project. At present, there is no word on how soon production could begin or who else is being eyed to star alongside Josh Gad. It's also not clear if this is being eyed as a theatrical release or something that is being produced for the Disney+ streaming service, which seems like a very real possibility. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.
The upcoming surprise sequel to the 1989 family hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has been imaginatively titled simply Shrunk, and though details of the movie have remained largely under wraps, a new report claims to have gotten hold of both character breakdowns and the details surrounding the general plot of the movie.
'The film will eventually reveal that Wayne entered his forced exile after failing to heal his wife's tumor. As the truth is revealed, the familial bonds between father and son will be reestablished.'
From the sounds of it, the movie will begin with Rick Moranis' eccentric scientist Wayne Szalinski having been in exile following the tragic death of his wife. This obviously bears some resemblance to Moranis himself, who left Hollywood to look after his children after the tragic death of his wife in real-life. With Rick Moranis all set to return to the role of Wayne Szalinski for Shrunk, this should prove to be a very emotional journey, indeed.
Nick Szalinski: Wayne's son Nick Szalinski, who is now a husband to Fay and father to two children, Maddie and Theo. Nick still has PTSD from the hijinks of the original film and the resulting demise of his mom. He's a bundle of nerves, dissatisfied and uneasy, with a propensity to pamper his children.
The son of Rick Moranis' scientist Wayne Stazlinski, Nick was played by child actor Robert Oliveri in the original movie, with the young lad learning to come out of his shell over the course of the shrunken events. Sadly, he has regressed mostly back into his shell with the previous shrunken antics having left him with PTSD. So far, it all sounds rather dramatic for a family adventure about shrinking people.
Amy Szalinski: Nick's carefree and energetic, more established sister, who took a different path from Nick after their mother's death and chose not to put down roots. Instead, she enjoys her life working for a magazine and homeschooling her girls.
Maddie Szalinski: Nick's oldest child. She has her grandpa's knack for peculiar creations, showing them off without anyone else's permission on her Youtube channel to a little crowd.
Theo Szalinski: The opposite of athletic, with glasses and a little on the heavy side. He's a tentative, masochist self-tormentor who has predicted his passing in a huge number of situations. He's prohibited from eating sweets due to a slight weight complex.
Wayne Szalinski: Mindful that the family ties have worsened over time, but apparently hesitant to go up against anybody straightforwardly. He has been tinkering alone in his attic for a considerable length of time, managing the sadness of losing his wife. At the point when we initially meet him, he has inadvertently shrunk himself and is flying around in a similarly tiny drone, continuing the vicious cycle of experimentation that has placed his family in danger plenty of times.
The character breakdowns give us further hints into what the movie will involve,...