Rick Moranis to return to big screen for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and g…

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.

The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and goes on an adventure to bring them back to regular size.

The movie spawned two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid in 1992, and the straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! back in 1997.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Moranis has been confirmed to return to the franchise. In Disney’s new film, simply called Shrunk, Josh Gad will play Szalinski’s son – with the flick to follow the character’s attempts to be a successful scientist like his father.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnston is returning to helm the sequel, with Todd Rosenberg writing the script.

Gad took to Instagram to share his excitement over Moranis’s casting and claimed he had been keeping the news quiet for “quite a while”.

“To say it is a dream come true to once again see Rick Moranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade. But to say, I get an up seat view of him returning to play one of his most iconic roles is the understatement of the Century. It’s Shrinking time. Welcome back hero! #Shrunk,” he wrote.

The Canadian comedian shot to fame in 1984 when he played Louis Tulley in Ghostbusters, and went on to star in Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II, and The Flintstones.

Moranis semi-retired in 1997 to focus on his family after his wife passed away, but voiced characters in Disney’s Brother Bear movies and animated sitcom Bob & Doug. He also had a cameo in U.S. sitcom The Goldbergs in 2018.

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Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson circling Little Shop of Horrors remake – report

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musica…

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to editors at Full Circle Cinema.

The much-loved movie follows the story of florist shop worker, Seymour, as he discovers an alien Venus flytrap that speaks and sings, who he names after his co-worker Audrey.

But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

In addition, insiders have told the website that Johansson is in line to portray Seymour’s love interest Audrey, originally played by Ellen Greene, and Pose star Billy Porter is being considered to voice Audrey II. Greg Berlanti is apparently attached to direct.

The original movie, which also starred Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy, received mixed reviews upon release, but has since grown into a cult classic thanks to the star-studded cast and catchy songs.

The musical, which has toured all over the world, was last staged on Broadway in 2003.

Egerton, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman, will next be lending his vocal talents to reprise his character of Johnny in the Sing sequel.

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Josh Gad signs up for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids reboot

Josh Gad has signed up for a reboot of the classic ’80s movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. According to editors at Slashfilm, the new project, tentatively titled Shrunk, is heading to cinemas. Beauty and the Beast star Josh, who also voiced snowman Ol…

Josh Gad has signed up for a reboot of the classic ’80s movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

According to editors at Slashfilm, the new project, tentatively titled Shrunk, is heading to cinemas.

Beauty and the Beast star Josh, who also voiced snowman Olaf in Frozen, is set to play an older version of Nick Szalinski, Wayne Szalinski’s son in the original 1989 film.

Directed by Joe Johnston, the original starred Rick Moranis as Wayne, an inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbour’s children down to a minute size.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids grossed more than $222 million (£171 million) worldwide, and was the highest-grossing live-action Disney film at the time.

It spawned two subsequent sequels – 1992’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and 1997’s Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves – and later in the ‘90s, a TV series based on the original movie, that ran for three seasons.

Shrunk will reportedly continue in the vein of the previous films by using the same set-up, with Nick doing his own experiments with shrinking technology and ends up accidentally miniaturising his own children.

The studio is now looking for a director to move the feature from concept into reality, Den of Geek reports.

It’s not yet known if Rick will make an appearance in the reboot, after he mostly retired from acting following Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

Disney has been planning to reboot or remake several of its older live-action movies for its forthcoming streaming platform, Disney+, including Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson’s Three Men and a Baby, and Steve Martin’s family comedy Father of the Bride.

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