Chris Columbus Reveals 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Secrets

Exploring the Lost Potential of a Comedy Classic's Return

by Zain ul Abedin
Chris Columbus Reveals 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Secrets
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In a recent revelation that has stirred nostalgia and poignancy among fans, director Chris Columbus shared insights into the almost-realized sequel of the beloved 1993 comedy-drama, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' was in development before the tragic passing of its star, Robin Williams, in 2014.

As the 30th anniversary of 'Mrs. Doubtfire' approaches, Columbus, 65, opened up about the "strong" script nearing completion for the sequel. The project, however, faced a significant hurdle - convincing Williams to reprise his iconic role.

The late actor, known for his versatility and comedic genius, was initially hesitant about the sequel, as follow-up films were not as prevalent or successful then. Columbus reminisced about the year Williams passed away, marking a pivotal moment in their discussions about the sequel.

"We had a script that was written and it was the last time I saw Robin," Columbus shared in a heartfelt recollection. "I went to his house, and we sat down and discussed it. The script was powerful."

Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Halted

Williams, who won an Oscar for his performance in 'Good Will Hunting', had a specific request for the sequel - less time in the demanding Mrs.

Doubtfire suit. The actor likened wearing the suit to "running a marathon" due to its physical demands. Columbus indicated that Williams hoped the rewrite would reduce the presence of the Doubtfire character. Sadly, these plans came to an abrupt halt with Williams' untimely death.

"But then Robin passed away, so there will never be a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire," Columbus lamented, closing a chapter on what could have been a significant addition to Williams' illustrious career. In the year of his passing, Williams was reportedly involved in four film projects, including the 'Mrs.

Doubtfire' sequel, 'Night at the Museum 3', 'Merry Friggin Christmas', and 'Boulevard', as reported by the Telegraph. His death, ruled a suicide, left a void in the entertainment world, with fans and colleagues alike mourning the loss of a truly unique and beloved talent.

The revelation of the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel adds another layer to the legacy of Robin Williams, reminding us of the depth and range of an actor who continues to be deeply missed.