Director Chris Columbus recently revealed that he has 972 boxes of footage in a warehouse that were used during the filming of Mrs. Doubtfire, a beloved comedy starring the late Robin Williams. These boxes contain outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, and other material that Columbus hopes to use in a documentary about the filming process with Williams.
In an interview with Insider, Columbus expressed his desire to create a documentary that would highlight and celebrate Williams’ unique approach to his work. The director spoke of the special and magical quality of Williams’ acting process and how it would be fascinating to delve into it. With 2 million feet of film in the warehouse, Columbus believes there is a wealth of material that could be used to showcase Williams’ creativity and spontaneity.
Columbus also shared anecdotes about the filming process, revealing that the extensive amount of film footage was a result of Williams’ penchant for improvisation. The late actor’s ability to ad-lib and come up with unexpected lines required Columbus to use multiple cameras to capture the reactions of the other actors. The spontaneous nature of Williams’ performances often led to changes in the script, making it a challenging but electrifying experience for the entire cast and crew.
The director also discussed the scrapped sequel plans for Mrs. Doubtfire, stating that a follow-up was in the works before Williams’ tragic passing in 2014. Columbus revealed that he had a strong script for the sequel and had discussed it with Williams, who expressed concerns about the physical demands of portraying the Doubtfire character due to the extensive makeup and costuming.
Despite the initial intention to create a sequel, Columbus emphasized that following Williams’ passing, there will never be a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire. He firmly believes that such a project would not be appropriate, and he voiced his opposition to the idea of the studio pursuing one without Williams.
With the wealth of material available from the Mrs. Doubtfire filming process, including the extensive outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, Columbus is eager to bring the documentary project to fruition. He hopes to pay tribute to the late Robin Williams and showcase the incredible talent and creativity that he brought to the iconic role of Mrs. Doubtfire.
As the director continues to explore the possibility of creating the documentary, the film industry and fans of Robin Williams eagerly await the opportunity to celebrate the life and work of this remarkable actor through the lens of the unforgettable Mrs. Doubtfire.