'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel unlikely after Robin Williams' death
When Robin Williams died Monday, he seemed to be working as feverishly as ever. The restless actor-comedian had recently completed several movies, ranging from a big-budget Hollywood production to a small-scale drama. Here are some of the last films he made, and one that we'll never see.
Absolutely Anything: Williams teamed with the Monty Python crew for this sci-fi comedy about a teacher who receives special powers from space aliens. Williams is the voice of Dennis the Dog, while the five Pythons (including writer-director Terry Jones) play the extraterrestrials. Lionsgate reportedly has the distribution rights for the United Kingdom.
Boulevard: An unexpected move from Williams, here playing a closeted married man who takes a young street hustler (Roberto Aguire) under his wing. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April but has yet to be slated for a theatrical release. Variety said in its review, "This is one of the kindest characters Williams has ever played."
Merry Friggin' Christmas A holiday road-trip movie in which a father (Williams) and son (Joel McHale) make a last-minute scramble for Christmas presents. The director is Tristram Shapeero, whose credits include McHale's "Community" sitcom on NBC. There hadn't been much buzz around this film, but Williams' death could spur interest. It's due in theaters Nov. 7.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Williams returns to the popular "Museum" franchise, once again playing the living statue of Theodore Roosevelt. This Dec. 19 release seems sure to be popular and also may tug at heartstrings: It's not only one of Williams' final roles but the series finale.
Mrs. Doubtfire 2 It's the movie Williams' fans have been waiting for, a sequel to his 1993 smash, "Mrs. Doubtfire," in which he played a divorced dad masquerading as a nanny to his kids. In addition to Williams, original director Chris Columbus and writer David Berenbaum ("Elf") were on board. While 21st Century Fox could still make the movie, that now seems unlikely. "To watch Robin work was a magical and special privilege," Columbus said in a statement. "He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of genius."