Josh Gad to Lead Disney’s New ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Film


Maybe it’s just me but I’m starting to get a bit tired of the constant rehashed ideas at Disney. Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney, but I loved it more when they were about creating new things and innovating.  Now it seems like a large part of what they are is reboots and sequels.

Here comes another one! This time they are doing a new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It will be a sequel as Josh Gad is playing the son of Wayne Szalinski, the inventor from the 1989 film, played by Rick Moranis.

Josh Gad arrives at the world premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

This report comes from Slash Films and they stated that they verified this with three different Disney people.

Gad will portray Wayne’s grown-up son Nick Szalinski, but the premise will be similar. I give them credit for not just completely rebooting it. I guess it is a reboot in the sense that they want to “reboot” the franchise.

They are calling it a “legecyequel.”

The plan is for the movie to be set about three decades after the 1989 original, with Gad set to play the grown-up version of scientist and inventor Wayne Szalinski’s son, Nick Szalinski. The new movie, which will be titled Shrunk, will be a reboot of the original film, but positioned as a “legecyequel,” which means it will exist in the same world and continue the overall storyline. And yes, Nick Szalinski accidentally shrinks his kids, which kickstarts the story of the film

Immediately I wondered if this was for the upcoming Disney+ Streaming service launching in November, but it is not. This movie will be set for theatrical release.

No filmmaker has yet been tied to the film, but Disney is currently on the look out “for a  filmmaker who has nostalgia for the original property.”

The 1989 original film was Joe Johnston’s directorial debut and it became Disney’s highest-grossing live-action film, at the time. It held that record for five years. Later there were two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (which was direct to video), and there even was a television show that ran from 1997 to 2000. I honestly don’t remember the show, but I saw all three of the movies.

Wondering if removing the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play areas was such a good idea now that they are hoping to reboot the franchise? It would be interesting to see if the movie performs well if the play areas returned to the parks.

So there you have it. Looks like some more reboots/sequels (this is somehow both) are coming.

I also just want to take a minute to to salute Rick Moranis. I really miss him in movies and I just want to acknowledge how awesome he is in films.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: SlashFilms,


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