In 1997, one of the most famous faces in comedy films went away. Rick Moranis, known for his roles in Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, took a hiatus from acting. His reason for leaving boiled down to him being a single parent after his wife Ann passed away in 1991. The time it took to make films, and the travel involved, kept him from being fully present as a father. Yet, Rick Moranis May Come Out of Retirement for the new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids reboot film for Disney+. This is one of the many classic films Disney+ is looking to reboot or remake. From the synopsis released of the new film, called Shrunk, it sounds like it would be a major role. And, a role that would hit very close to real life.
From Disney Insider:
“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.”
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The Disney fan magazine stresses that they didn’t convince Rick Moranis to come out of retirement for Shrunk just yet. They say the actor is still “in talks” for the role and hasn’t signed on officially yet. Marcia Strassman, who played Diane in the previous films, also died from cancer in 2014. Josh Gad would replace Robert Oliveri as Nick Szalinski, since the latter actor has also retired from the business.
Shrunk Wouldn’t Be the First Time Rick Moranis Came Out of Retirement
The new Shrunk film would not be the first time that Rick Moranis came out of retirement to do some acting. In fact, if you ask him, he never actually retired but merely took a hiatus. Still, it is some hiatus. In 2001, he did some voice acting for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys. He also provided his voice for the character Rutt in Brother Bear and its sequel in 2003 and 2006. Moranis reprised his role as Bob McKenzie, a character from the classic SCTV comedy series, in 2007, 2009, and 2017. Finally, he did some voice acting as Dark Helmet, his character from Spaceballs, in a 2018 episode of the ABC comedy The Goldbergs.
Still, the Shrunk role sounds like a proper exit out of retirement for Rick Moranis as he will have considerable screentime. The film seems to be about his character Wayne Szalinski reconnecting with his kids after the death of his wife from cancer. The real-life parallels here are pretty clear, though Moranis retired from public life to get closer to his now-grown children.
Hopefully, he agrees to the role because it would be nice to see Moranis on screen again.
Update: Rick Moranis Reportedly Signed On for What Is Now Being Called a ‘Sequel’
It seems the talks were successful, and Rick Moranis will be back, along with original Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnson, according to Deadline.
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