It is official and it’s time to say “Welcome Back” to Rick Moranis to the big screen.
Moranis, who retired in 1997 from acting and not counting doing voiceover work, has closed a deal with Disney to return to one of his most iconic roles. It will be that of scientist Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk, an updated version of the 1989 hit film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The film will mark Moranis’ first on-screen feature film appearance in over two decades.
Since 2017, Moranis has been sporadically seen on TV, such as reprising his Spaceballs villain Dark Helmet on an episode of The Goldbergs and the documentary An Afternoon with SCTV, in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
It looks as if Disney is going the Vacation route with the new film’s focus on Wayne’s son Nick, who aspires to be like his dad and in the midst of that aspiration, accidentally shrinks his own kids. While Robert Oliveri played the role in the original film, it will be Josh Gad who will take over the adult role for the new film.
Joe Johnston, who directed the original film, is returning to direct the new film. Todd Rosenberg is writing the screenplay with David Hoberman and Todd Liberman set as producers. The film was originally set to be a Disney+ exclusive, but now, Disney has planned a theatrical release for the new film.
Welcome back Rick Moranis…look out for Shrunk either later this year or next year.