Webb writing Mrs. Robinson follow-up
Forget about “Rumor Has It” for a minute.
The real follow-up to “The Graduate” is on its way — in book form.
Charles Webb, the eccentric American scribe who wrote the original, has penned a sequel tome that’s about to arrive in U.K. bookstores — 30 years after the bigscreen adaptation turned Dustin Hoffman into a star.
Mrs. Robinson is still giving Ben and Elaine fits in “Home School,” set 10 years in the future, except now it’s about their parenting decisions. Like the original, the sequel is based on Webb’s experiences; he pulled his children out of school in the 1970s to educate them at home.
Book is being published by Random House in the U.K., where Webb now lives; no U.S. pub date is skedded yet.
Webb, who was born into affluence but has a habit of giving his money away, wrote the tome to stave off eviction. Despite his financial hardships over the years, the scribe maintains that he’s glad he never got any coin from the original film.
He isn’t expected to get any money from a sequel, should one be made from his new tome. A “Graduate” sequel has been joked about for years, with screen adapter Buck Henry mock pitching one at the start of “The Player.”
“Rumor Has It,” meanwhile, imagined what it would be like to discover your grandmother is Mrs. Robinson — and in the form of Shirley MacLaine. That pic was far from a hit, but there’s still hope for fans of Mrs. Robinson: The U.K. publisher promises a last hurrah for the mother-in- law from hell in the tome.