Since 2010, Disney has been releasing tiny tidbits of information every few years, relating to the development of Enchanted 2. First, they hired a new director. Next, a pair of new screenwriters. After that, the script was going through some rewrites but they’re really excited about it. And now this.
The film finally has a title. Disney announced that the Enchanted sequel will be called (hopefully just a working title) Disenchanted.
Do People Even Want It Anymore?
It’s been eight years since the first film was released and in that time we’ve seen Disney acquire Star Wars, produce a never-ending slew of Pixar sequels, and release their box office smash hit, Frozen. Meaning, I think by now, people have moved on from the belief that Enchanted would ever actually get a sequel. And because so, the anticipation for it has worn extremely thin.
On The Other Hand....
Enchanted has become one of Disney's greatest live-action features ever, without a doubt, and will go down in history as one of the greatest films they've put forward since Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes after its release and completely took control of the Best Original Song category at the Oscars with a record total of three nominations in a single night. People loved it and it showed.
Good News Is: Amy Adams is Coming Back
Without whom, this would never be accepted by the fans. Amy Adams made the film, outshining each and every A-list co-star, Disney Princess cameo, and brilliant special effect.
The Bad News: Kevin Lima Is Not Directing This Time
The director of the original film is not slated to return for the sequel. Instead, Disney hired Anne Fletcher, the director of hits such as the original Step Up, 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl and 2009's highest grossing romantic comedy, The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
Unfortunately, she also has some flops on her record. 2012's The Guilt Trip starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand barely managed to break even when it was released and only managed to score a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. Her next effort, 2015 release Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, made a bit more money than its predecessor but was still considered to be a critical failure, earning only an 8% from Rotten Tomatoes.
My Final Recommendations.
1) If Disney is truly serious about moving forward with the sequel this time around, they need to get a move on. People have been waiting long enough for the sequel that was promised back in 2011. The original film's stars have all expressed a desire to return, so making sure they all have time in their busy schedules is something Disney should make a top priority.
2) Change that title. And if you can't do that, make sure that it really relates to the story of the film, not just because it was the only word you could find with enchanted already in it.
3) Don't bring Susan Sarandon back. She blew up into a million sparkling glitter dust cloud thing...whatever it was...there is no need for her to return for the sequel.
4) And finally, if you are planning for the film to have musical numbers like the original, and I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT HIRE THE WRITER'S BEHIND "LET IT GO". Stick with Alan Menken. Do whatever you have to, to get that man on board. He and the dearly departed Howard Ashman are the reason you still have a company, Disney. You know it and I know it.
I Can't Wait.
With no release date set in place yet, I'm hesitant but optimistic. Just remember one thing Disney, the fans would rather have no sequel at all than one that ruins the legacy of the original film.