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Exclusive : Williams on Mrs Doubtfire, Birdcage, Good Morning Vietnam sequels

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Caught up with one of my favourites from the world of TV (“And look at that, it’s a Ronald Reagan pen, it’s got no point”) and film (“I just want to begin by saying to Roosevelt E. Roosevelt, what it is, what it shall be, what it was. The weather out there today is hot and shitty with continued hot and shitty in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy with a pissy weather front coming down from the north. Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.”) this afternoon, Mr Robin Williams, for a chat (that’ll run here in full in a few days) and got some updates on some of those long-gestating sequels that the Oscar Wining actor and perilously talented comedian has been attached to over the years, to see what’s still on and what’s off.

Mrs Doubtfire 2

Even with Williams’s Jumanji co-star and talented actress Bonnie Hunt on scripting duties, it just didn’t come together.

Williams : “They could never write it. They kept trying and it doesn’t work.. because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs Doubtfire] is. So it ends up being her for five minutes and then she transitions into some old Russian woman. They so far can’t crack it.”

Good Morning Chicago

Nobody’s ever been quite sure whether this one, a supposed sequel to Good Morning Vietnam (1987), ¬†was a real project or somewhat of an urban legend.

Williams : “That was actually real. They were trying to write it. It was based around the democratic convention in Chicago. Part of it worked, Part of it didn’t work because it’d be him dealing with the politics of revolt in Chicago at the time… but anyway, they did do [the script] but it didn’t all work. It was also a matter of trying to find someone to back it. It was almost there. It was a great idea! thanks for reminding me! Wow.”

The Birdcage 2

Unlike Good Morning Chicago and Mrs Doubtfire 2, Williams is more inclined to believe something could be cooking with a Birdcage sequel.

Williams : “They’re trying to figure out which [story] to write for that. We will see what happens”.

There’s also, despite the rumours, no “Flubber” sequel in the works nor has Williams been approached to lend his lungs to a third “Happy Feet” yet.

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The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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