Shut up! Disney has officially announced that after a lengthy 18 years, the Princess Diaries franchise is slated for a third film. While there's not an overload of information, we can't contain our excitement. Here's what we know so far.
It's time to return to Genovia. We could say the release of the up-and-coming film was a long time coming - but it was worth the wait! Right? So, what are the deets? Since production is in the very early stages of development, we won't be seeing Queen Clarisse Renaldi any time soon. As we reflect on the teenage dream, the first Princess Dairies was released in August 2001 and immediately became a hit. Director Garry Marshall, accompanied by story writer Meg Cabot, welcomed us into the world of the awkward and clumsy teenager Mia Thermopolis, played by Anne Hathaway. Mia, the granddaughter of the Queen (Julie Andrews), discovered she was an heir to the throne, which only threw her off in life even more. Viewers couldn't help but fall in love with the royal adventure, to which they were blessed with a sequel of the film in 2004. Of course, leading actresses Hathaway and Andrews returned to continue telling the story of Mia's royal engagement, with Chris Pine added to the cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aadrita Mukerji, the voice behind the Supergirl theme song, is writing the script and working with Disney. To avoid disappointment, they have confirmed the film is not a reboot but a continuation, picking up where Mia left off. In 2016, Marshall confirmed the film was already brought up in discussion and told People, "it looks like we want to do The Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan." In 2017, Cabot told EW there established there was a script. When Marshall sadly passed, this only enforced the idea further, highlighting it as a tribute. Andrews told Buzzfeed, "I think we might do it in honor of him...Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I'm all for it, so if she'd like to." In 2019, Hathaway confessed to Andy Cohen on his Bravo talk show, "Julie wants to do it, Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen." While they didn't want to start anything "unless it's perfect," it sounds like they finally did it!
On the 20th anniversary of the first film, Hathaway celebrated with an IG post and captioned, "Miracles happen… Happy 20th Birthday to #theprincessdiaries, AKA the film that launched a thousand sleepovers." She wasn't wrong. Still, according to THR, no cast members have been revealed. Does this mean there's a chance of not seeing the iconic grandmother/granddaughter duo on our screens?! Stay tuned for more tea.