Rick Moranis makes a comeback as Wayne Szalinski to 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' franchise with new Disney movie

Rick Moranis makes a comeback as Wayne Szalinski to 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' franchise with new Disney movie
Rick Moranis (Getty Images)

The world is a better place now that we know Rick Moranis will be back on our screens soon. 

For the first time in over a decade, the actor has announced that he will be reprising the role of Wayne Szalinski, the unlucky inventor character from the 1989 hit movie 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'.

Moranis has taken to Twitter to confirm the announcement with a simple tweet: "Honey, I'm back." The Disney sequel movie is tentatively called 'Shrunk' and will be starring Josh Gad as his son.

Joe Johnston, the original director of the movie who has 'Jumanji' and 'The Rocketeer' to his credit, is also in talks for the follow-up movie. The Disney movie will be made for the theatrical side and not Disney+. 

The movie centers on Gad's character, Moranis' Wayne Szalinski's son, who is an aspiring scientist like his father but accidentally happens to shrink his kids. 

Moranis stepped away from the limelight in 1997 to take care of his children. His wife, makeup artist Ann Belsky, died from cancer in 1991, which prompted Moranis to want to stay at home and focus on raising his two young children instead of his career.


He still has some work to his name during that period — voiceovers in films such as Disney's 'Brother Bear' movies and 'The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie'.

Rick Moranis in a still from 'Honey, I Blew Up The Kid' (IMDb)

The actor has some of the best comedies to his name such as 'Ghostbusters', 'The Flintstones', 'Spaceballs' and 'Parenthood' to name a few.

"I pulled out of making movies in about ’96 or ’97. I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies," he was reported saying in 2005 while promoting his comedy songs album 'The Agoraphobic Cowboy'.


"So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it," he added.

The movie will be written by Todd Rosenberg. Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will be producing the movie through their Mandeville Films and Television banner. 

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