'Frozen's Josh Gad lining up for 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' sequel with original director

Rick Moranis in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (Credit: Disney)
Rick Moranis in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (Credit: Disney)

Disney is in talks with director Joe Johnston to make a sequel to his family classic Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

New emerged in May that Josh Gad, the voice of hapless snowman Olaf in Frozen, had taken an idea for a sequel to Disney.

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Now, according to Entertainment Weekly it appears that the project is moving ahead, with Gad set to play the son of crackpot suburban scientist Wayne Szalinski, played by Rick Moranis in the original movie.

Voice actor Josh Gad poses for photographers alongside reindeer upon arrival at the European premiere of 'Frozen 2', in central London, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Josh Gad (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

History being bound to repeat itself means that Gad's character would also shrink his kids.

EW reports that the movie would be a theatrical release, rather than a project for Disney's new streaming platform Disney+.

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Johnston helmed a slew of classic kids movies in the 80s and 90s, notably fantasy movie Willow, The Rocketeer, The Pagemaster and the original Jumanji.

He also made Captain America: The First Avenger and last year The Nutcracker and the Four Realms for Disney, though the latter was a financial disaster.

HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 09:  Director Joe Johnston arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Wolfman" at ArcLight Cinemas on February 9, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Joe Johnston (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids held the record for Disney's highest-grossing live-action movie ever for five years after its release, making $222 million off its $18 million budget.

It was followed by the less successful sequels Honey, I Blew Up The Kid in 1992, and the direct-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves in 1997, both starring Rick Moranis.

That same year, Moranis retreated from acting after having becoming a widower some years earlier, in order to raise his children.