Disney Reportedly Developing ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ Reboot | Film News
It was over a year ago that Disney announced they would be exploring their library of titles in order to develop reboots for their streaming service. Well, Disney+ is on the horizon, and the reboots are here. The studio is reportedly developing a Honey, I Shrunk The Kids reboot.
Per /Film, the new film will go by the title Shrunk. Josh Gad (Beauty And The Beast) has reportedly signed on to star, though the film, as of right now, is heading for a theatrical release, rather than directly to Disney+.
Also, the film may not technically be a reboot at all. Word right now is that Shrunk will take place in the same universe as the original movies. The first film, originally released in 1989, starred Rick Moranis as an eccentric inventor who mistakenly shrinks his own children.
Gad is reportedly in line to play Nick Szalinski, the son of Moranis’ character. The studio is currently searching for a director to helm the project.
While it’s fair to groan at the idea of another reboot, that is simply the lay of the land now. Studios want content with built-in audiences. On the plus side, visual effects have improved massively since the original Honey, I Shrunk The Kids arrived in 1989. The possibilities of CGI now should give this reboot (or whatever it is) the potential for some impressive miniature worlds.
The original film spawned two sequels, a TV series, and, inexplicably, several theme park attractions. In the contemporary world of superheroes and massive blockbusters, explaining that this series led to theme park rides is weird information to relay to younger cinema goers. But Hollywood was different then. Disney is perhaps hoping it’s not too different that Shrunk doesn’t still have appeal.