June 7th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
Hollywood isn’t done searching for gold in old franchises just yet – Tom Selleck told MTV News that he’s hopeful for a second sequel to “Three Men and a Baby,” a possibility that was mentioned before by Steve Guttenberg.
"It is true that Disney checked my availability, and I know they checked Ted [Danson]'s and Steve's, and then had a script written," Selleck said. "I think [it's] tentatively called 'Three Men and a Bride,' which kind of says it all [about the story]."
The movie would be the third installment to the 1987 feature, in which the infant daughter of Danson's character is left at the doorstep of the ridiculously gigantic Manhattan penthouse Danson shares with roommates played by Selleck and Guttenberg.
Formulaically (pun intended!), the confirmed bachelors fall in love with baby Mary and quickly fall into a routine in which parenthood is seamlessly weaved into their lives without a hitch. They hit a snag when Mom comes back and can't bear to be without Mary but they soon come to an arrangement where they all raise Mary together. (Trivia alert: It was directed by Leonard Nimoy!)
This was followed by 1990's "Three Men and a Little Lady.” Mary is about to enter kindergarten, although technically she should be three; i's like when sitcom babies age over the summer hiatus and suddenly spew out precocious one-liners. Anyway, the family was living in an even larger home in Manhattan when another snag hits: Mary's mother, Sylvia (played by Nancy Travis), wants to take Mary away again - this time to her native England. Cue shenanigans.
As Selleck pointed out, we can pretty much guess where "Three Men and a Bride" would take audiences, but he hopes that if Disney follows through with it, they would do so in the footsteps of the first movie.
"The strongest of the two movies is the first film," Selleck said. "It had more heart, and that's what I would hope this third one would have if we do it."
What do you think? Is this just a shameless quasi-remake? Is it going to be a lame "Father of the Bride" rip-off, or can Danson, Selleck and Guttenberg achieve a balance between nostalgia and modern-day relevance and make a box office success? Who do you think should play Mary (she'd be about 23 now, give or take a few sitcom years)?
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