When it comes to director's cuts, there's been a good few examples of movies vastly improving with a second pass.
Ridley Scott's 'Kingdom of Heaven', for example, has a far better director's cut. Oliver Stone's 'Alexander' went through a few different versions, as did James Cameron's 'Aliens'. While most director's cuts you hear about generally tend to be very serious, long-winded movies, comedies generally tend to neglected for director's cuts.
Why? Because it's often the case that comedic actors give multiple takes and, as a result, know that some other version of the movie exists from their unused takes. 'Mrs. Doubtfire', it turns out, has a completely different version out there, just waiting to be made.
The whole thing kicked off when an interview from 2015 with director Chris Columbus went viral. In that interview, Columbus alluded to the fact that Robin Williams would frequently give multiple takes that were often much more adult in content than the family-friendly tone of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'.
In a interview conducted just yesterday with EW, Columbus expounded on this further. There's basically a late-night, R-rated version of 'Mrs Doubtfire' out there, just waiting for a chance.
"The reality is that there was a deal between Robin and myself, which was, he'll do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, 'Then let me play.' And we would basically go on anywhere between 15 to 22 takes, I think 22 being the most I remember," Columbus explained.
Columbus added that there's at least three or four different versions of 'Mrs. Doubtfire' with all of Williams' more risque takes. "He would sometimes go into territory that wouldn't be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated film."
All that said, however, Columbus has no interest in releasing a director's cut of the movie, or making an R-rated version, adding that a documentary is probably the way to go if people want to see it. "I think that that would be the best approach. I'm very proud of the film... I'm in a good place with 'Mrs. Doubtfire', so there's really no reason to do the definitive cut. The definitive cut of 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is out in the world right now."
Maybe so, but again, who wouldn't want to see this?