The Download: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel, Missing the MTV Movie Awards, and Bryan Singer

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Fox has set Elf's David Berenbaum on the script for Mrs. Doubtfire 2. We all know Hollywood is sequel-happy, but a sequel to a movie no one is asking for? It's not like that's unheard of. We talk about that and more in this week's Download.

Binh: Fox has set Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum on Mrs. Doubtfire 2. Apparently, both Chris Columbus and Robin Williams are on board for the sequel. Anyone here happy that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works? Anybody?

Jeff: Ooh! Ooh! I know! I know! Robin Williams' agent!

Binh: You know, he might be the only one. You read what Mara Wilson tweeted? She played one of the daughters in the movie. Guess she won't be back.

"There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry."

Sara: So I take it he's attached and it's not like...all about the travails of his son (played by Will Ferrell). Wasn't Mara Wilson the girl who also played Madeline and recently made a splash with a great, lucid article about the perils of being a child actor? I love her ideas but I'm torn about the smearing. It sounds a little...sour grapes. It's more graceful not to mention it. Did someone ask or did she volunteer her general distaste for the sequel to which she was not invited?

Binh: Attached in this case means Williams is interested in taking the money Fox is willing to throw his way for his involvement. I don't think he'll be sad in any way if nothing came of this. Like Bill Murray, he is happy playing supporting roles. Frankly, I don't know what Wilson's doing right now, but she's really not that into acting anymore? I don't think she's opposed to returning if conditions are favorable to her (ie big paycheck).

Jeff: I was just joking with the Popdose staff this morning about how Mrs. Doubtfire 2: Still Doubtfirin' will focus on the travails of his son, who will cope with his own divorce by stealing a page from Dad's old playbook.

Sara: And you chatted by the Cuisinart grind and brew while i was begging Jesse Moss for an interview. I hate when you have a ball in my absence....tsk.

Binh: Great minds think alike, eh? Or maybe his son will ask him to dress up as his alter ego. It won't be Mrs. Doubtfire without Williams cross-dressing, you know.

Sara: Cringe. Why are they remaking this? The only upside to it all is another San Francisco production.

Binh: San Francisco is awesome. It's full of San Franciscans!

Jeff: Brand recognition trumps common sense! Although in this case, the studio has been trying to get a sequel together for years.

Sara: You need to pull together a listicle of examples, Jeff. Include items like "Elizabeth Shue in Back to the Future 2" and Jaws.

Jeff: I feel like we could probably just stroll into the MGM lobby for a pretty good listicle of examples, right? The Red Dawn remake, the RoboCop remake, the Carrie remake, the upcoming remakes of Poltergeist, Road House, and Ben-Hur...

Binh: You know what they say, Jeff. The market will decide. If it's not working, they're won't be doing it anymore. Besides, MGM's not the only studio around.

You know what is risky? A found footage coming-of-age dance movie. R&B singer John Legend and Step Up: All In's writer John Swetnam are working on one titled Breaking Through. Apparently, those two didn't know you're supposed to laugh that idea off.

Jeff: I would like to see a found footage movie about studio executives discovering footage of an original goddamn film.

Sara: There's a Cannibal Holocaust joke in there somewhere. So, The Equalizer just got a poster and it wasn't until I got that press release that I realized the film's not really based on the 80s TV show.

Jeff: It isn't? That's how I've always seen it reported. I mean, granted, the character in the TV show wasn't a middle-aged black man, but the rough outline remains more or less intact.

Sara: So it's just a race reversal? But the original show was about a British loaner who helped people for no apparent reason. He was just...always in the right/wrong places. Am I missing the basic points of commonality?

Jeff: Vigilante justice!

Sara: Then why aren't they billing it like a black Deathwish?

Jeff: I think all you need to do is slap together a picture of Denzel with a gun and you can sell tickets.

Sara: I miss the days when all you had to do was slap together Samuel L Jackson and some snakes...

Binh: The old days never were, Sara. Snakes on a Plane bombed hard after being pumped up by the internet.

You two catch the MTV Movie Awards? I have to apologize for missing it. The biggest winner was Zac Efron's chiseled bod, I've heard.

Jeff: Binh, no one wins at the MTV Movie Awards.

Sara: Ha! Didn't Sharni Vinson win something? I loved You're Next.

Binh: Who? I not surprised if she did. MTV hands those awards out like candy. I take it you didn't watch it either, not even for the fashion?

Sara: Fashion at the MTV awards is like the Grammies but watered down.

Binh: I guess after a certain age, the MTV Movie Awards is just not for you. I think they've found their new format with the Zac Efron strip down though.

What you do make of the rumor that the third Hobbit movie may get a title change to The Hobbit: Into the Fire? It's kind of late in the game for something like that, and I don't see a good reason why New Line would do that unless they're saving There and Back Again for the box set. Title for a video game, perhaps?

Sara: It's true: Zac Efron's down strip is very popular.

Re Hobbit: Into the Fire, could it have anything to do with the soapy/dullness of the There and Back Again title?

Jeff: I don't even know. I think anticipation is going to be pretty low for the final installment, whatever they decide to call it. Even with Benedict Cumberbatch playing a badass dragon, the second one pulled in like $50 million less domestically.

Binh: Also, is anyone surprised by the sexual abuse allegations against Bryan Singer? I know I was, but, apparently, not by the people who knew him.

Sara: I'm always sad about stuff like this--I'd rather the information be a lie and dupe us all than be true and leave wounds in its wake. This said, I think it's incredibly fishy to launch a suit 15 years after the crime.

Jeff: I don't know anything at all about Singer's personal life, so yeah, I was surprised when I saw that story making the rounds today. I couldn't even speculate as to the truth of the allegations, but as you say, Binh, it seems like there are some attention-getting details.

Binh: The timing is certainly calculated, Sara, but as least this case, unlike Woody Allen's, will get a chance to go through the courts. Singer's accuser has been working with Amy Berg on a documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood so there's this other angle. Well, that's all the time for this week. Until next time.

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