Zac Efron to lead remake of 'Three Men and a Baby' for Disney+

Ben Arnold
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Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson in Three Men and a Baby (Credit: Touchstone Pictures)
Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson in Three Men and a Baby (Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Zac Efron is to star in a remake of classic comedy Three Men and a Baby for Disney, according to reports.

The movie, which is being made for Disney's streaming platform Disney+, doesn't have a director in place yet, but is being produced by Gordon Gray who made Ben Affleck drama The Way Back.

It's also not yet known who will be the other two men joining Efron on the bill.

But there's potential for success in rebooting the 1987 movie for a new audience, not to mention additional potential for a sequel – Three Men and a Little Lady arrived in 1990.

The original was itself a remake, of the French film Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle), released just two years before the Hollywood version in 1985.

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019, file photo, actor Zac Efron poses for photographers upon arrival at a premiere in London. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Efron said he has has “bounced back” after an illness while filming a show in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
Zac Efron (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Directed by Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, it found Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson as three womanising bachelors living in a shared apartment in New York.

The baby, Mary, arrives on the doorstep as a result of a fling between Guttenberg's actor Jack and another actress while performing together the previous year.

Fish-out-of-water chaos ensues as the confirmed singles tussle with their new responsibility, and also another plot featuring drug dealers and a missing package of heroin.

(Credit: Touchstone Pictures)
(Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

It was the biggest box office hit of the year in the US, and grossed $240 million worldwide, beating Fatal Attraction to the top spot.

Three Men and a Little Lady, the sequel, in which all three men, the baby Mary and the baby's mother Sylvia now all live together, was less successful, however.

It was panned by critics, and despite the stellar performance of the first movie, it tanked, making just $76 million worldwide.

Back in 2010, plans for Three Men and a Bride emerged, but a final movie did not.