Looks like it’s time to be enchanted one more time! Disney has officially announced a sequel to their 2007 hit, Enchanted! There’s no word on a release date, but the film is expected to start filming next year before summer begins.
The new film is called Disenchanted. It will star Amy Adams returning in the role of Princess Giselle.
The Original Enchanted
Enchanted was a smash hit in 2007. It grossed over $341 million at the worldwide box office. Along with Amy Adams, it starred James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, Timothy Spall, and Susan Sarandon. Enchanted also featured songs by acclaimed composer Alan Menken. The film was a hybrid homage/parody of Disney’s classic animated films. The story featured an animated Disney princess-style character finding her way into the real world. It notably featured a mix of both animation and live-action.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the official synopsis for the original Enchanted:
Banished by an evil queen, Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) from a fairy-tale world lands in modern Manhattan, where music, magic and “happily ever after” are sorely lacking. She is adrift in this strange new place until a divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) comes to her aid. Giselle begins to fall for her flawed benefactor, but the storybook romance gets complicated when a prince from her world comes to rescue her.
From One Acclaimed Director to Another
Enchanted was directed by Disney favorite Kevin Lima. After starting out as an animator, Lima made a name for himself by directing A Goofy Movie, Tarzan (along with co-director Chris Buck), and 102 Dalmatians.
For the sequel, Disney is in talks to bring aboard director Adam Shankman. Well known as a dancer and choreographer, Shankman spent seven seasons as a judge on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. He made his directorial debut on the Jennifer Lopez/Matthew McConaughey film, The Wedding Planner. Shankman has since become known for directing musicals like Rock of Ages and Hairspray.
The writers for the new film are J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. Stem and Weiss have an accomplished history together. They’ve written such family hits as Daddy Day Camp, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, and The Smurfs 2.
The original Enchanted was written by Bill Kelly. Blast from the Past and Premonition are his only other film credits.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disenchanted is set 10 years after the original. The sequel finds Giselle “questioning her happily-ever-after life and accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.”
A Sequel Long in the Making
Interestingly enough, Disney has actually been trying to get a sequel to Enchanted going since 2010. Writer Jessie Nelson was said to be working on the script, with Step Up director Anne Fletcher slated to direct. A year later, composer Alan Menken said he had “heard things” about a sequel but nothing definite. A few months later, actor James Marsden expressed concern that he and Amy Adams would soon be too old to reprise their roles.
In July 2014, Disney officially hired Stem and Weiss to write the script, but Fletcher was still attached to direct. With Adam Shankman now onboard, it looks like Disney is ready to fast-track the film into production.