Back in May, SlashFilm revealed that Disney was developing a new soft-reboot of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids starring Josh Gad as Adam Szalinski, the son of Rick Moranis’ Wayne Szalinski.
Here is that original report.
We have exclusively learned that Walt Disney Pictures is developing a reboot of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, with Josh Gad attached to star. Here’s what we know about the reboot, which will be set in the same universe as the original movies.
I have independently confirmed with three sources that Walt Disney Pictures has signed actor Josh Gad to star in a Honey, I Shrunk The Kids reboot/sequel. In the original film, Rick Moranis played a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter (alongside some neighborhood kids) to just a quarter of an inch in size. They must then adventure through their backyard to return home while fending off insects and other massive-sized obstacles.
The plan is for the movie to be set about three decades after the 1989 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.
Variety now reports that the original film’s director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Jurassic Park 3, Rocketeer) is in talks with the studio to return alongside Gad.
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” director Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm Disney’s upcoming reboot of the film franchise, “Shrunk,” with Josh Gad in talks to star.
It would be interesting if they’d be able to convince Rick Moranis out of retirement to reprise the role of Wayne.
Disney mining nostalgia projects isn’t shocking but recently they’ve kept it mostly to animated projects being turned into live-action versions (some not using much live-action scenes though).