Disney is backing off a Robin Williams movie because of its hefty budget, reports Variety. Williams was to begin shooting “Bicentennial Man” early next year with Christopher Columbus, who directed him in the hit “Mrs. Doubtfire,” but Disney put a temporary halt on the project as its budget hit the $100 million range. A Disney executive said the movie could still come about if the costs can be trimmed. “Bicentennial Man” is based on an Isaac Asimov short story about a robot so intrigued by humans that it spends 200 years trying to become one. Williams was to have played the robot.

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