Many fans of late legend Robin Williams are revisiting one of his most popular performances now that Mrs. Doubtfire is streaming on Disney+. Released in 1993, the comedy-drama movie was directed by Chris Columbus and written by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon. Just recently, it made its way to Disney+, and many fans have expressed their happiness online about getting the chance to revisit Williams' iconic movie.
In a role that only Robin Williams could have pulled off so very well, Mrs. Doubtfire starred the late actor as Daniel Hillard, a father of three who works as a freelance voice actor. After losing his latest job and throwing an extravagant birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda (Sally Field) files for divorce and is granted sole custody of the kids. To spend more time with his three children (Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson), Daniel disguises himself as an elderly woman to work as his ex-wife's nanny.
Mrs. Doubtfire also starred Harvey Fierstein as Daniel's brother Frank, a makeup artist who gives Daniel his makeover with the help of his partner Jack (Scott Capurro). A pre-Bond Pierce Brosnan also appears in a memorable role as Stu, Miranda's new boyfriend, whom Daniel nearly kills after tampering with his food. Polly Holliday, Robert Prosky, Anne Haney, and Marin Mull also starred.
When the classic comedy was released in 1993, it was a tremendous success at the box office. On its budget of $25 million, it grossed more than $441 million, making Mrs. Doubtfire the second-highest grossing movie of 1993 (losing only to Jurassic Park). A critical hit, it also won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. Fans of Williams also consider the movie to be among his best performances, earning awards for his acting at the Kids' Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.
Considering the movie's past success, there were rumblings of a sequel at one point with Williams on board to reprise his role as Daniel Hillard, aka Mrs. Doubtfire. In 2014, director Chris Columbus confirmed that he'd had talks with Williams about the possibility, and soon after, it was announced that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was entering early development at 20th Century Fox. The project was shelved when Williams passed away in August 2014.
"We're talking about a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire. We've [he and Williams] talked about it, and the studio is interested in it," Columbus said prior to Williams' passing. "The thing that fascinates me about a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire is with most actors who create an iconic character like Mrs. Doubtfire, when you come back and do that character, well, you're twenty years older so, you're not going to look the same. The cool thing with Mrs. Doubtfire is there's a character, there's a woman, who is actually going to look exactly as she did in 1993."
While the sequel has been scrapped, Mrs. Doubtfire has since been reimagined as a musical that premiered in 2019. Canceled sequel and musical adaptation aside, fans of Williams will always have a fond nostalgia for Mrs. Doubtfire. In light of the recent seventh anniversary of Williams' death, it might be a good time to be like some of his many fans on Twitter and revisit Mrs. Doubtfire on Disney+.