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New Robin Williams movie could be released as director has 972 boxes of unseen footage

New Robin Williams movie could be released as director has 972 boxes of unseen footage

Director Christopher Columbus said there's around 'two million feet of film' with footage on

A Robin Williams documentary featuring previously unseen footage could be released.

The beloved actor passed away in 2014 aged just 63, leaving behind an army of devastated fans.

The legendary star was best known for his stand-up and acting in family-favourites such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Hook and the long-running sitcom Mork and Mindy.

However, Williams didn’t shy away from more dramatic roles and also appeared in flicks including Dead Poets Society, One Hour Photo and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar.

Last year, Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus reflected on what it was like to work with Williams - three decades on from the movie’s original release.

He said that straight off the bat, Williams made it clear he would be improvising throughout the role.

Columbus told Business Insider: "He went to me, 'Hey boss, the way I like to work, if you’re up for it, is I’ll give you three or four scripted takes, and then let’s play'.

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire.
20th Century Fox

"By saying that, what he meant was he wanted to improvise. And that’s exactly how we shot every scene.

"We would have exactly what was scripted, and then Robin would go off and it was something to behold."

Columbus said that Williams would often pull out different lines with ‘every take’ and because he didn’t want to miss any of his genius, he ensured the cameras were always rolling.

This led to the crew capturing 'almost two million feet of film' during filming - this equates to 'roughly 972 boxes of footage' as a result of Williams' non-stop improvisation.

The director went on to say that as well as footage we saw in the movie, there’s also plenty of 'outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage'.

The legendary actor improvised throughout the filming process.
20th Century Fox

Not only that, but Columbus reckons that some of the footage has never been seen by the studio - meaning it’s been tucked away ‘in a warehouse somewhere’ for decades without anyone having a chance to take a look at it.

And it turns out Columbus has a pretty good idea of what to do with it as he’d love to trawl through all the footage and potentially create a documentary about the making of the much-loved movie.

Columbus added: "We want to show Robin’s process. There is something special and magical about how he went about his work and I think it would be fun to delve into it.

"I mean, there’s two million feet of film in that warehouse so there could be something we can do with all of that."

You better get cracking then, pal.

Featured Image Credit: Vera Anderson/WireImage/20th Century Fox

Topics: Robin Williams, TV and Film, Celebrity