In a movie career that spanned more than four decades and over 80 films, Robin Williams’ energy knew no bounds; so much so, that his untimely death has inevitably left behind some unfinished business – including a sequel to one of his most famous hits Mrs Doubtfire – and three as-yet-unreleased pictures that will give his fans a poignant final chance to see him doing what he did best.
The most well-known of these is the third Night at the Museum film Secret of the Tomb, in which Williams reprises his role as a magically-animated mannequin of Teddy Roosevelt, alongside Ben Stiller. It is due to hit cinemas in December.
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Most intriguingly, however, is completed drama Boulevard, in which Williams returns to straight acting to play a devoted husband coming to terms with his repressed homosexuality. After being screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in June, Variety said Williams taps, “into the same loneliness felt in One Hour Photo and Good Will Hunting… the actor projects a regret so deep and identifiable, viewers should have no trouble connecting it to whatever is missing in their own lives – whether those regrets are romantic, sexual, professional or spiritual.” It is likely to receive a general release soon.
As for the sequel to 1993 comedy hit Mrs Doubtfire, in which Williams plays a father cross-dressing as a Scottish nanny in order to get closer to his estranged children, its fate is unclear.
Williams was to reunite with director Chris Columbus and Elf writer David Berenbaum for a follow-up, but according to reports from Variety, the film is likely to be cancelled following Williams’s suicide.
In a statement, Columbus said: “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of ‘genius’.
“We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever.”