Rick Moranis fans thought that the reclusive actor might never return to the big screen after turning down the chance to play Louis Tully again in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Many admire Moranis for turning his back on Hollywood and the opportunity to make more money so he could spend his time making a better life for his children.
But now, a new rumor is circulating that Moranis might be willing to reprise his role as Wayne Szalinksi in a reboot of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids on Disney+. This would be his first major movie appearance since 1997’s Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!
What is so special about the new film, called Shrunk, that could make Moranis come out of retirement? The plot begins with Wayne Szalinksi experiencing a depressing time in his life.
Shrunk will reportedly start shooting in early 2020, with a possible theatrical release in 2021. The plot is set three decades after the first movie takes place. A Disney Insider Report revealed the pitch for the film:
“Aware that the family ties have loosened over time but seemingly afraid to confront anyone directly. He has been tinkering alone in his attic for decades, dealing with the grief of losing his wife.
When we first meet him, he has accidentally shrunk himself and is flying around on a shrunken drone — seemingly lost in a continuous of tinkering and experimenting that often puts himself and his family in jeopardy.
He later reveals he shut himself away to try and invent a solution to help shrink Diane’s cancer but found it hard to cope when he ran out of time. His guilt and shame is palpable.
Through the crisis of the kids getting shrunk, the truth emerges and the bonds begin to redevelop between him and his kids.”
The new Shrunk film will also feature Josh Gad of Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. Gad will play the grown-up Nick Szalinksi, Wayne’s second child. Robert Oliveri played Nick in the 1989 original.
The film is being developed by Josh Gad along with Ryan Dixon, Jay Reiss, and Ian Helfer. Todd Rosenberg will write the script.