'Mrs. Doubtfire 2' Writer: 'Robin Williams Was A Once In A Lifetime, Singular Artist'

08/12/2014 09:00 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2014
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"Mrs. Doubtfire 2" director Chris Columbus and screenwriter David Berenbaum are mourning the death of Robin Williams.

"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,'" Columbus, who directed Williams in the original "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Bicentennial Man," said in a statement to Variety.

In an email provided to HuffPost Entertainment, Berenbaum, who also wrote "Elf," said Williams' death on Monday was "so shocking and so sad." He continued: "Robin Williams was a once in a lifetime, singular artist. It's so tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

The original "Mrs. Doubtfire" was released in November of 1993 and grossed more than $441 million around the world. Adjusted for inflation, the "Mrs. Doubtfire" number rises to above $700 million. The film came out at a boon time for Williams: He had starred in box-office hits "Hook" and "Aladdin" in the two years prior, and would go on to lead "Jumanji," "The Birdcage," "Flubber," "Good Will Hunting" and "Patch Adams" to successful theatrical runs in the latter part of the 1990s. Outside of "Night at the Museum," in which Williams has a supporting role as Teddy Roosevelt, "Mrs. Doubtfire" was his biggest hit.

Plans for "Mrs. Doubtfire 2" were announced in April by The Hollywood Reporter. According to Variety, Berenbaum had recently met with Williams to discuss the script but it's likely that the project will not go forward in the wake of Williams' death.

For more, head to Variety.

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