The potential ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ sequel is bringing out a surprising amount of emotions


Robin Williams (middle) and Sally Fields (right) in “Mrs. Doubtfire.” (Fox Home Entertainment)

People are always divided about old-school movie sequels or reinventing former TV series: And news that there’s a “Mrs. Doubtfire 2″ in development has stoked the flames as usual.

This time, it’s especially notable because there’s a star already speaking out about how much she doesn’t want to be involved. Mara Wilson, who played the adorable youngest daughter in the hit 1993 movie, went on a Twitter rant (that has since been deleted) about how sequels are often a terrible idea and she has absolutely zero interest in appearing in the second movie.

In a series of tweets that have apparently been deleted, Wilson, now 26, said: “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.” It was a few hours after the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Fox 2000 is actively developing a sequel to “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the family-friendly comedy that raked in $219 million at the box office two decades ago. Original star Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are both attached, while a script is also in the works. (Translation: There’s still a long way to go to see if this thing actually happens.)

Wilson continued: “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.” And: “Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end.”

Perhaps taking a beat to reconsider trashing a franchise that made her famous, she added: “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.” But then, in case we didn’t get the point the first time, she concluded, “There are many, many reasons I don’t want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven’t even asked me (yet), so no need to worry.”

Then today, she chimed in again:

 

So while Wilson may have some sort of unidentified chip on her shoulder about the whole project, she does have a point, and isn’t the first actor to speak out about a rebooted project. Just recently, Angela Lansbury told the AP that she wasn’t thrilled about the idea of NBC bringing “Murder, She Wrote” back to the small screen. (Luckily for her, NBC scrapped the project.)

In any case, the film is only its very early stages. But the intense reaction from fans and Wilson herself probably tells the studio everything they need to do know about buzz for the project — and is likely only encouraging it to go forward.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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