Slashfilm has learned that Disney is developing a legacyquel of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, with Josh Gad attached to star.
Gad is set to play the grown-up version of scientist and inventor Wayne Szalinski’s son, Nick Szalinski, in Shrunk. The film is being positioned as a “legacyquel” (don’t you just love that term?), which means its basically a loose remake of the first film’s plot, but also operates a sequel. So yeah, Nick Szalinski accidentally shrinks his kids. Watch the 1989 film if you want a full plot synopsis.
A Honey, I Shrunk the Kids remake was teased to be in the works for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, but it now looks like a theatrical release is being planned. Something I didn’t know until today was that the film, Joe Johnston’s directorial debut, was a sleeper hit that subsequently became Disney’s highest-grossing live-action film at the time. It held that record for five years.
I’m down for Shrunk if they can entice original series star Rick Moranis out of retirement, but that seems highly unlikely. I may be in the minority here when I say that I can’t stand Josh Gad. I don’t think he’s that good of an actor, and am surprised when he continues to find work. Just let him be Olaf, Disney. Stop throwing him at all your projects!
Do you think Shrunk is necessary? What would it take for you to watch this legacyquel? An appearance by Ant-Man?