Exclusive: Disney May Bring Rick Moranis Out Of Retirement For ’Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ Reboot ‘Shrunk’
The DisInsider has exclusively learned that Honey I Shrunk the Kids star, Rick Moranis is in early talks to come out of retirement to star in the film’s sequel. He would be reprising as Wayne Szalinski, a scientist who accidentally shrinks his and two neighboring kids.
We want to mention again that he is in early talks with the studio, and at this point in time had not signed onto the project as of yet.
Aware that the family ties have loosened over time but seemingly afraid to confront anyone directly. He has been tinkering alone in his attic for decades, dealing with the grief of losing his wife. When we first meet him, he has accidentally shrunk himself and is flying around on a shrunken drone — seemingly lost in a continuous of tinkering and experimenting that often puts himself and his family in jeopardy. He later reveals he shut himself away to try and invent a solution to help shrink Diane’s cancer but found it hard to cope when he ran out of time. His guilt and shame is palpable. Through the crisis of the kids getting shrunk, the truth emerges and the bonds begin to redevelop between him and his kids.
The plan for the movie is to be set around three decades after the original, with Gad set to play the grown-up version of Wayne Szalinski’s son, Nick Szalinski, who was played by Robert Oliveri in the 1989 film. The new movie 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.
The film is set to start shooting in spring of 2020 in Toronto or Atlanta. The film currently has no release date but it will, in fact, be a theatrical release, not Disney+.
Moranis is well known for playing Nathan in Parenthood, Dark Helmet in Spaceballs, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and as well as the Honey I Shrunk the Kids films.
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.
The film stars Josh Gad (Frozen) as Nick Szalinski and is directed by Joe Johnston. Story was developed by Josh Gad, Ryan Dixon, Ian Helfer, and Jay Reiss and is being written by Todd Rosenberg. Executive produced by Zoe Kent, Sam Dickeman and Alex F. Young.
The film currently has no release date.