Josh Gad In Talks to Star In ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ Reboot
Fans of the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” are in for a treat! According to a recent piece in Variety, director Joe Johnston is currently in negotiations to helm Disney’s reboot of the film franchise with Josh Gad in talks to star.
Apparently, Gad is responsible for pitching the idea to Disney earlier this year and the studio jumped on board with the idea of reviving the 1989 classic. The title for the new film will be “Shrunk” and will be the third sequel following the original film along with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and “Honey We Shrunk Ourselves.”
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce and Todd Rosenberg is writing the script. The studio met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back(he directed the original film) was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman
In the original film, Rick Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door. When they are thrown out with the trash, the four kids must travel through their backyard to return home while fending off insects, lawnmowers and other obstacles.
In this new version, Gad (who is no stranger to Disney having played Olaf in both Frozen films and Le Fou in the live-action Beauty and the Beast) will play Wayne’s grown-up son, who follows in his father’s footsteps by not only becoming a scientist but also accidentally shrinking his children.
The studio was initially considering debuting the film on Disney Plus, but Rosenberg’s recent draft excited executives who decided to release the film theatrically. Sources also add development is still in early stages and a green light has not yet been given.
In the meantime, Gad will appear next in Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” and can currently be seen in Hulu’s recent horror-comedy “Little Monsters.”
As for Johnston he most recently helped Disney with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” reshoots, earning him a co-directing credit on the film. Prior to that, he helped launch the Captain America franchise with “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
This is a project that we here at MickeyBlog will be watching very closely! Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for the lates “Shrunk” news and updates!
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