The Cheaper by the Dozen franchise is definitely a family favorite, but did you know there was almost a third film? Yes, really!
It’s been 14 years since the first Cheaper by the Dozen film hit theaters in 2003, but it still holds a special place in our hearts… and in the heart of one of the twelve Baker kids, Kevin Schmidt, who played Henry Baker.
Henry was everyone’s favorite clarinet playing, retro hat wearing, Baker boy, who was always trying to impress his older brother Charlie (played by Tom Welling).
Although Schmidt has gone on to star on The Young and the Restless and produce music videos for his brother Kendall Schmidt (from Big Time Rush!), he still loves to reminisce about his Cheaper by the Dozen past. In fact, he sat down with MTV News and shared a few secrets about the two-movie franchise.
The biggest secret, besides the fact that it was as awesome as you dreamt it would be to work alongside Steven Martin — who played the banjo on set as the kids gathered to listen — was that there was almost a third film.
Schmidt told MTV News that he actually wrote the script for the third Cheaper installment and it almost got made. Sadly, it never made it all the way to the filming stage, because Fox wanted Martin attached to the project before moving forward.
According to the publication, the third film had a darker tone to it and focused on the Baker kids as they embarked on a family road trip to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show (anyone getting flashbacks to the first movie?).
While on the road, Henry learns that his dad has cancer and therefore the film would’ve focused on the struggles of coping with that news and how the rest of the family also dealt with it.
On a happier note, Schmidt had Eliot Murtaugh, who was played by Taylor Lautner, coming back to reunite with Sarah, who was played by Alyson Stoner.
While we know the movie isn’t being made, we are intrigued by Schmidt’s script, even if it had a bit of a sad twist.
What do you think about the Cheaper by the Dozen 3 story idea? Would you want to see it come to life on the big screen?