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Rick Moranis to Return for New Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie

Rick Moranis has closed a deal to return to acting in The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming Shrunk, a new installment in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise, according to Deadline.

The trade says that the movie is being made for a theatrical release and not for the Disney+ streaming service, though it will end up there later, of course.

The first movie is officially described as follows by Disney: “Rick Moranis stars as a preoccupied inventor who just can’t seem to get his electro-magnetic shrinking machine to work. Then, when he accidentally shrinks his kids down to one-quarter-inch tall and tosses them out in the trash, the real adventure begins! Now the kids face incredible dangers as they try to make their way home through the jungle of their own backyard!”

The original film’s helmer, Joe Johnston, will also return to direct Josh Gad (Frozen IIBeauty and the BeastMurder on the Orient Express) in the lead role (check out his comment on the announcement below!). The new movie centers on Gad’s character, who is the son of Moranis’ Wayne Szalinski, and is aspiring to be a great scientist like his father but accidentally shrinks the kids.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films and Television company, with Todd Rosenberg writing the screenplay.

The 1989 movie was a surprise hit, grossing over $222 million worldwide and spawning two sequels, a theme park attraction, and even a television series.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid was released in 1992 and $58.6 million, while Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was released in 1997 straight to video. Moranis returned for both sequels.

The Disney Parks attraction was a 3D film called Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and made its way to Epcot, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. 

The TV series, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, ran for three seasons starting in 1997.

Rick Moranis appeared in the sketch comedy series Second City Television (SCTV) in the 1980s and his feature film credits also include Strange Brew (1983), Ghostbusters (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987), Ghostbusters II (1989), Parenthood (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990), and The Flintstones (1994).

Starting in 1997, Moranis began a long break from acting to spend time with his children. He has not appeared in a live-action movie since, but he has done some voice-over work such as Disney’s Brother Bear in 2003.

Before we’ll see Moranis back on the big screen, he will first appear in the Martin Scorsese-directed An Afternoon with SCTV, an upcoming special reuniting the cast of Second City Television that will premiere on Netflix and CTV.

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