Rick Moranis to Return to ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Franchise With New Disney Film

The film stars Josh Gad as the son of Moranis’ Wayne Szalinski, and also a scientist who shrinks his kids

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Comedy legend Rick Moranis is returning to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise with a new film at Disney called “Shrunk.”

The film will be a sequel to the 1989 original that spawned a franchise including “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and the direct to video “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.” The first two films in the franchise pulled in more than $281 million at the box office worldwide.

Moranis appeared in all three films and starred in the original as scientist Wayne Szalinski who creates a ray gun that accidentally shrinks his children down to the size of bugs.

For “Shrunk” the film’s original director Joe Johnston will return to the helm, with Josh Gad also set to star. The movie will center around Gad’s character who, as the son of Moranis’ character, is aspiring to be a scientist like his father, but also accidentally shrinks his kids.

Moranis, famous for his comedy roles in films such as “Ghostbusters,” “Space Balls” and “Parenthood,” as well as his musical chops in “Little Shop of Horrors,” hasn’t appeared on the big screen since his 1996 flop “Big Bully.”

Johnston, since “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” has directed films including “Jumanji,” “October Sky,” “Jurassic Park III,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and he directed 2018’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” alongside Lasse Hallström.

David Hoberman will produce the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” reboot, while Todd Rosenberg will write the script.

Moranis is repped by Bailey Brand Management.

Deadline first reported the news.