Fox 2000 is ready to have more hot flashes.
The studio is developing a sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire, one that would reunite director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams.
David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf, is writing the script.
Doubtfire starred Williams as a struggling actor and recently divorced father of three who, in order to be closer to his children, takes on the persona of a Scottish nanny, Eupheginia Doubtfire.
Hilarity, misunderstandings and family love ensued to the tune of $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally. Williams won a Golden Globe in the best actor in a musical/comedy category while the movie won best picture.
A sequel has been in the works since 2001 when Bonnie Hunt was tapped to write a script but despite many drafts and other scribes hired, the project slowly died and has been inactive for years, mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any take.
The project became active again early this year with Berenbaum’s involvement and while it’s too soon to say how things will turn out, Williams and Columbus are attached and hopeful.
Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing for Fox 2000.
In addition to writing Elf, the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy that is now a perennial classic, Berenbaum has also worked on family films such as Haunted Mansion and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Columbus is in pre-production on his latest movie, Pixels, the sci-fi adventure movie that will star Adam Sandler and is to shoot in Toronto this summer.
Williams has Lionsgate’s drama The Angriest Man in Brooklyn opening May 23 and is the star of CBS’ The Crazy Ones.