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Mrs. Doubtfire sequel in the works

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More than 20 years after the original hit theatres, the Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire is prepping for a sequel.

Film studio Fox 2000 is reuniting American comedy icon Williams and original director Chris Columbus for a fresh tale about Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire, according to industry trade publications The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Based on a novel by Anne Fine, the 1993 hit starred Williams as struggling actor and recently divorced father of three Daniel Hillard, who goes undercover as an elderly nanny and housekeeper to spend more time with his children.

Co-starring Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Mara Wilson and Harvey Fierstein, the movie won a Golden Globe Award for best comedy or musical film, while Williams earned an acting Globe for his madcap, cross-dressing turn.

David Berenbaum, who wrote the modern holiday classic Elf starring Will Ferrell, has been tapped as scriptwriter for the new project.

A sequel has apparently languished on the shelf since 2001. But this latest bid has garnered the interest as well as the attachment of Williams — currently seen on TV's The Crazy Ones — and Columbus, whose kid-friendly credits include writing The Goonies and Gremlins, directing the first two Harry Potter films, the first two Home Alone films and Adventures in Babysitting and producing the Night at the Museum movies.

Given that Mrs. Doubtfire had major box office success in its day, earning upwards of $400 million US worldwide, it's understandable that someone would pursue a sequel.

Are you interested in Mrs. Doubtfire 2? What past films favourites would you like to see revisited with a fresh take?

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