Rick Moranis and Josh Gad were supposed to star in Shrunk.
The “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise starring Rick Moranis is a cherished series of films for the whole family. It captivated audiences worldwide and began in 1989 with the release of the first film, directed by Joe Johnston. The plot revolves around the Szalinski family. The father, Wayne Szalinski, unintentionally shrinks his children and their neighbors using his experimental shrink ray. The film’s original special effects, clever humor, and touching storyline resonated with viewers of every age, resulting in its commercial success and franchise expansion.
The success of the first film led to the creation of sequels and spin-offs.
The two feature films include “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” (1992) and “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” (1997). Each installment maintained the core concept of miniaturization but introduced new adventures and challenges for the characters. The franchise has become a beloved part of popular culture, known for its inventive set pieces, endearing characters, and messages of family bonds and perseverance. Even years after its initial release, the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise continues to charm audiences with its imaginative storytelling and timeless appeal.
Actor Josh Gad recently took to social media to provide an update on the planned film installment.
The new film Shrunk would have featured a return of Rick Moranis. In his post, Gad explained that the film was very close to starting production when the COVID pandemic hit. Attempts to get the project off the ground were stymied by scheduling and budget challenges. Moranis, who had a successful acting career throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, made the decision to step back from the limelight in the mid-1990s following his wife’s passing. He chose instead to prioritize his family and only took on a handful of select projects in the years since. Fans eagerly await any future appearances he may make, knowing that Moranis will always be remembered as a dedicated and loving family man.