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'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel announced

On April 16 The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a sequel to the movie comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" is currently in development. Fox 2000 is the movie studio behind the new project, which would continue the the story from the 1993 original film. Robin Williams, who played the title character in the first film, will be returning to the sequel.

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Chris Columbus is expected to return and direct the sequel while David Berenbaum, who wrote the script for "Elf" will be creating the screenplay for the new story as well. The original film followed a father who was so desperate to see his three kids after his divorce that he disguised himself as an elderly nanny named Euphegenia Doubtfire and was hired by his ex-wife. The father, Daniel Hillard (Williams) is an struggling actor by day and a strict nanny during after school hours and doesn't reveal to his children his real identity. The original film also starred Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Mara Wilson, Matthew Lawrence, and Polly Holliday.

The first film was based on the 1987 novel "Madam Doubtfire" by author Anne Fine. A sequel was rumored as far back as 2001 after the original film brought in over two hundred million dollars at the box office domestically and nearly four hundred and fifty million worldwide. The film also earned Williams a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Movie Comedy. The film also won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy.

The sequel project died out a shortly after and was inactive for years, since Williams and Columbus refused to return unless the story was good enough. Williams currently stars on the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" with Sarah Michelle Gellar while Columbus is preparing to begin filming his latest film, Pixels, in Toronto this summer. The script is still in development and no filming or release date for the movie has been scheduled.

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