The world is still in shock over the passing of Robin Williams yesterday and details are still coming out about what is now reportedly said to be an “apparent suicide attempt by hanging” following a battle with severe depression according to CBS News.
With the tragedy of an actor’s untimely death though comes the grim business of show business, namely determining the fate of the projects they were involved in. The 63-year-old was a busy man with several films still awaiting release.
Williams was not in the midst of shooting a movie when he died, though he had been developing a sequel to “Mrs. Doutbtfire”. Variety reports that the project, which was in the scripting stage, is now in doubt and will probably be scrapped.
That leaves four final films involving Williams that have yet to hit cinemas, the biggest being him reprising his role as President Teddy Roosevelt in the upcoming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” which opens this December. A month before that he’ll appear in the holiday-themed indie comedy “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” in which Williams and Joel McHale play a father and son on a road trip.
Already wrapped but still seeking distribution is Dito Montiel’s “Boulevard” a drama in which Williams plays an unhappily married man who becomes infatuated with a rent boy (Roberto Aguire). Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker and Giles Matthey also star in the film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.
Williams’ final film is his voice work on Terry Jones’ “Absolutely Anything,” a mostly live-action comedy in which he voices the animated character Dennis the Dog alongside many of the Monty Python gang who voice aliens. Kate Beckinsale, Simon Pegg, Joanna Lumley and Rob Riggle star on screen. That film is currently slated for a 2015 release.