‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ and ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ director Joe Johnston is reportedly in talks to return to the film for it’s Disney reboot.
Having pitched the idea to Disney, who lapped up the chance for a bit of nostalgia, Josh Gad is also in the driven seat to star in the film. Gad would play Wayne’s – played by Rick Moranis in the original – grown-up son, who follows in his father’s footsteps by not only becoming a scientist but also accidentally shrinking his children.
In the original 1989 film, Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door, to just a quarter of an inch in size. When they are thrown out with the trash, the four kids must travel through their backyard to return home while fending off insects, lawnmowers and other obstacles.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films and Television banner, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.
Disney have met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back was a perfect fit for all involved.
Initially, Disney had toyed with the idea of reviving the franchise for its streaming service Disney + but after the initial excitement from the big-wigs at the company are now looking to release the film theatrically.
Johnston previously worked with the mouse house on the reshoots for ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’.
Gad can currently be heard as the voice of Olaf in Frozen 2.