Well, well, Honey I Shrunk the Kids. You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention. This is a project that very much started off with a scoff and an eyeroll. This was a franchise that had started off strong but quickly dwindled in quality as the movies (and shows) went on. However, as news of the project slowly unraveled, we got some interesting tidbits.
First is that it would not be on Disney+, but a theatrical release — a sign that Disney has lofty expectations for it. The second is Josh Gad’s involvement. I know a lot of you don’t like him, but I’ve enjoyed a lot of what he’s been in. And then there was the return of director Joe Johnston — a living legend in my eyes.
We exclusively reported last December that the producers of the film wanted Rick Moranis to return. Finally, there was the rumor that Rick Moranis himself would be returning to this Honey I Shrunk the Kids reboot as the eccentric Wayne Szalinski. Now, Deadline is reporting that the star has closed a deal on the movie. Furthermore, it turns out the it’s getting a simple title: Shrunk. Looks like along the way they decided to shrink the title.
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This will be Moranis’ first foray into meaningful live-action work in a long time. The star stepped away from the limelight back in the late-90s to raise his kids, so it’s great to see him return. Considering all the other projects he’s rejected over the decades, it’ll be nice to see him come back.
Below is a rumored description of Moranis’ character that came from The DisInsider.
“Aware that the family ties have loosened over time but seemingly afraid to confront anyone directly. He has been tinkering alone in his attic for decades, dealing with the grief of losing his wife. When we first meet him, he has accidentally shrunk himself and is flying around on a shrunken drone — seemingly lost in a continuous of tinkering and experimenting that often puts himself and his family in jeopardy. He later reveals he shut himself away to try and invent a solution to help shrink Diane’s cancer but found it hard to cope when he ran out of time. His guilt and shame is palpable. Through the crisis of the kids getting shrunk, the truth emerges and the bonds begin to redevelop between him and his kids.”
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SOURCE: Deadline, The DisInsider