Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) is in talks to return to Disney as the director of the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk The Kids reboot starring Josh Gad (Frozen II).
According to Variety, the studio was looking at multiple directors but ultimately felt that bringing back Johnston who directed the original film was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman is producing, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.
Gad pitched the story to Disney earlier this year and the studio immediately jumped on board. According to Slashfilm, the plan is for the movie to be set about three decades after the original, with Gad set to play the grown-up version of scientist and inventor Wayne Szalinski’s son, Adam Szalinski, who was played by twins Daniel and Joshua Shalikar in the 1992 sequel Honey, I Blew Up The Kid. 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, Adam Szalinski accidentally shrinks his kids, which kickstarts the story of the film.
The studio had flirted with the idea of debuting the film on Disney Plus, but Rosenberg’s recent draft elicited enthusiasm from execs. Now, the plan is to release the film theatrically.
Released in 1989, Honey, Shrunk The Kids centered on a scientist dad (Rick Moranis) who accidentally shrinks his son and daughter and the next-door neighbor’s kids down a quarter of an inch in size. After they get thrown out with the trash, they embark on an adventure through the backyard, battling massive insects and other outsized obstacles, to return home.