A Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel is officially on the way – and Rick Moranis will be on board!
Yes, Moranis, the comedy star of the ’80s and ’90s, will be back on the big screen with a return to the Disney franchise Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Moranis’ Wayne Szalinski will be returning, but the plot of the new film will be focusing on his son, who’ll be played by Josh Gad.
Deadline reports that film, which has been titled Shrunk, will find Gad’s character “aspiring to be a great scientist like his father but accidentally shrinks the kids.”
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Jumanji) is returning at the helm and will be working with a screenplay by Todd Rosenberg. Rosenberg is an up-and-comer who has also penned upcoming drama All My Life, starring Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day).
The original 1989 family adventure starred Moranis as a scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally who accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. It was a big hit, earning over $US222 million worldwide (unadjusted). A big-screen sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid followed in 1992, although that film was far from the hit the first film was, receiving poor reviews and earning around $US58 million worldwide. A direct-to-video threequel, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!, was released in 1997.
Moranis had a big run of hits, such as Ghostbusters, Parenthood, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors and The Flintstones. He stepped away from acting after Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! in ’97 to raise his kids, although he has put in voice work over the years, in particular with Disney’s Brother Bear franchise. He’ll also soon be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed TV special An Afternoon With SCTV, which reunites SCTV stars such as Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Martin Short and Dave Thomas.