A sequel to the much-loved The Princess Diaries franchise has been mooted for a while now, but its chances of coming to fruition seemed to sink following the death of Garry Marshall in 2016, who directed both previous films.
Julie Andrews, who played the grandmother of Queen Mia (Anne Hathaway) also got our hopes up when she told that the film could still go ahead, this time as a tribute to Marshall.
“There’s talk about it,” she said. “And [Hathaway]’s very keen to do it. I would very willingly and happily do it.”
“I think we might do it in honour of him,” Andrews continued, referring to Marshall. “Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to….”
Hathaway's spokesman said it was "too early" to start talking about the film (which tbf we've been talking about since like forever), but fingers crossed eh?
In November, Hector Elizondo, who plays Princess Mia's bodyguard in the movies, revealed that he was also up for filming The Princess Diaries 3.
In an interview with Variety Latino, he said: "It's not official, but certainly, everybody wants it done." And speaking about the film's director Gary Marshall, who passed away earlier this summer, Elizondo said: "It's been discussed. Gary talked to me - may he rest in peace - about his involvement in it."
"I know Annie would like to do it. I know Julie would like to do it. I would like to do it. So we're on board, it's a question of when and a question of getting a good story. I'm ready! It's time to go back to Genovia!"
AND NOW, WELL, we have another glimmer of hope. Well, until now.
Meg Cabot, who wrote the Princess Diaries book series, told Entertainment Weekly that there is a a script.
Annoyingly, Cabot didn't reveal what the third script is about. “I am not allowed to say,” she said. “I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can’t. I’m not allowed. But it’s really more following the movie than the books..."
She continued, "I think of [the books and movies] as two different universes. Like there’s The Princess Diaries universe that I created, which is, you know, amazing, and the Disney universe, that they created, which is equally amazing. And, you know, there’s fans of both, and fans who actually kind of like both of them at the same time.”
We couldn't agree more.
Ah, hurry up you guys.
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