After nearly a century of films about animated princesses, in 2007 Disney finally branched into the live-action variety of female royalty with the release of Enchanted. The film starred Amy Adams as the newest Disney princess, Giselle, who was dumped into the real world after an evil witch casts her out of her animated realm. The film co-stars Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon, and provides a comic take on what Disney's musical princess films would look like in the real world.
Enchanted is one of Disney's best films of the 21st century, and the news of a sequel is not at all unexpected. The movie pulled in approximately $340 million at the box office in 2007, and Disney has reportedly been trying to put together a follow-up for years. Originally Anne Fletcher (Hot Pursuit, The Proposal) was attached to direct a script from J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, the writing team behind family films such as Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Shrek 2, and The Smurfs films, but progress has seemingly been slow since we first heard about development around 2010.
The latest news is that Disney has hired a new director to take on the second Enchanted movie, and according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Shankman has won the job. Shankman is best known for directing musicals such as Hairspray and Rock of Ages, so an Enchanted sequel should fit right into his wheelhouse.
When you add an experienced musical director and one who has already had plenty of success, that's how you know (see video below) that this project might finally get going after being stalled for ages. None of Disney's animated princesses are known for their follow-up stories, so it'll be interesting to see where the writers take Giselle next. Much of the first movie was based on being a parody of those animated movies, but without as much of a basis in terms of sequels, maybe Giselle will look to play off of a specific Disney princess story?
Regardless of the direction that the movie ends up taking, fans of the original should be excited to hear this news, and with Amy Adams also expected to return there's plenty of reason to feel hopeful about the sequel.
What are your thoughts on the hiring of Shankman to direct the sequel? What do you think Giselle will be up to next? Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming sequel!
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter