It turns out that Zac Efron, who recently famously suggested he did not want to go back to Hollywood and would consider living in Australia, is back to the sunny beaches of Los Angeles. But why? Well, apparently Efron is starring in the remake of the famous 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby, which was wildly popular and a box office success, for Disney+. (The original film, should you want a refresher, is available to stream on Disney+.) While there’s no date that the film will be released yet — and no indication of how far along production is so far, with the exception that the script has already been written — the news is still really exciting for Efron super-fans.
That’s right: over a decade after Efron first made young, 13-year old girls swoon as Troy in the High School Musical franchise with his dance moves, singing chops, and basketball prowess, he will return to Disney to perform a more adult role: that of, most likely, an instant dad with a hot-ass mustache. But for those who might not remember the movie — or for their kids, who were probably born thirty years after the movie was made — here are the weirdest facts you might want to know about the original Three Men and a Baby, which starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson.
1. The original film was directed by Leonard Nimoy.
Funnily enough, the original (American) film of Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy, who is otherwise known for portraying Spock in the Star Trek franchise for over five decades, from 1964 to 2013.
Somehow in that time, he managed to direct the Three Men and a Baby film, which was a box office hit. On a budget of $11 million, the film ended up grossing more than $240 million and won a People’s Choice Award. For the guy who portrayed a man who basically lived without emotion, it’s interesting that he chose to direct a wacky comedy about three “dads” trying to pull off a drug deal while caring for an infant baby. Then again, the year prior, Nimoy directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which was a straight-up comedy about figuring out how to get whales to talk to an alien space probe. True story!
2. It was also based on a French film.
Funnily enough, the famous film was first based on Trois hommes et un couffin, or Three Men and a Crib, a French film of the same concept. The film was then adapted for American audiences and frankly became a smash-hit on a minimal budget. Kind of like how The Office did well in British audiences, but the American Office is somehow, still, one of the most culturally relevant sit-coms nearly a decade after the show aired its final episode. Maybe Americans just do it better.
3. The original film could be part of a trilogy one day — meaning the remake could be, too.
Although less successful, and lesser-known, the Three Men and a Baby film was actually followed by a 1990 sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, which didn’t perform nearly as well at the box office. In 2010, Disney indicated they were interested in creating a third installment of the film, potentially titled Three Men and a Bride, but the film hasn’t been made and is still in development. That could mean that Efron might be signing up for yet another multi-installment Disney franchise, except this time, as a hot young dad, not as a barely pubescent basketball player.