Three Men and a Baby & Cheaper By the Dozen Remakes Set For Disney+ 2022
Disney has officially announced that they’re currently developing the modern remakes of two classic comedy films 1987’s Three Men and a Baby and 2003’s Cheaper By the Dozen which will both premiere on Disney+ in 2022. The upcoming projects will be headlined by High School Musical alum Zac Efron and Think Like A Man star Gabrielle Union, respectively.
The original 1987 film was directed by Leonard Nimoy and starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson as New York bachelors who find themselves caring, and subsequently falling for, an infant. Based on the 1985 French film Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) by Coline Serreau, Nimoy’s take on the classic tale was written by James Orr and Jim Cruickshank. The movie was a massive hit for Disney, becoming the studio’s first live-action movie to cross $100 million at the domestic box office.
The Three Men and a Baby remake will reunite Efron with Disney after more than 12 years since High School Musical had concluded its successful trilogy with the theatrical release of High School Musical 3: Senior Year which earned a worldwide gross of over $250 million against an $11 million budget.
Will Reichel wrote the screenplay for the upcoming remake and the search for a director is currently underway.
Starring Gabrielle Union, the Cheaper By the Dozen remake will center around a multiracial, blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life and their family business. The project hails from Black-ish producer Kenya Barris with Gail Lerner set as the director. Union will be serving as an executive producer along with the 2003 film version’s director Shawn Levy.
Based on Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey’s 1948 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, the iconic 2003 movie starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as their characters deal with the struggles of raising twelve children which included actors Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, and Alison Stoner. Despite having a poor critical performance, the Shawn Levy-directed film was still able to gain a worldwide gross of more than $190 million against a reported $40 million budget.