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If you’ve been paying attention to the world of TV and movies one thing will be clear: we’re living in a world of reboots and long-awaited sequels. Nostalgia has been ruling the world of entertainment for a while now, with 2016 being the year unexpected reboots are winning the day. With Independence Day: Resurgence and Fuller House bringing the 90’s back to the forefront of entertainment, more production companies are bringing back beloved pieces of TV and movies. Disney seems to understand this trend, and they have apparently been in talks regarding a new sequel to 2001’s The Princess Diaries.
While making an appearance on Larry King Now, The Princess Diaries director Garry Marshall opens up regarding the development of the third film in the series:
Well, they talk about it. Disney always likes to announce things, so they tell Garry, ‘Shut up, we’ll announce it. [Anne Hathaway] came to my office, she was quite pregnant…she puts her computer on the table, pushes three buttons, there’s Julie Andrews on Skype in Long Island. And we have a meeting.
This certainly seems promising. Not only is a new Princess Diaries film being discussed, but the original stars are involved in the conversation.
We’d previously reported that rumors were floating around regarding a Princess Diaries 3, but things are a bit more concrete now that director Garry Marshall has addressed the rumors. His statement also makes it seem like he perhaps wasn't supposed to tell Larry King that it’s being developed. Not that I’m complaining.
It’s a bit surprising that Anne Hathaway would step back into the clumsy shoes of Mia Thermopolis. The Academy Award winner made her big screen debut in The Princess Diaries, and has since had quite the impressive acting career. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables.
Then again, Anne Hathaway does owe her career to Disney. In addition to the first Princess Diaries movie, the beginning of her career also included Disney films The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Ella Enchanted. Although she can surely take part in another Oscar season triumph, she may feel a bit of loyalty to the franchise that gave her her big break.
Perhaps most exciting is the prospect of seeing Julie Andrews return to the big screen. Andrews does most of her film work as a voice actress. In fact, the last time she was physically on a big screen was alongside The Rock in 2010’s Tooth Fairy.
Check out Garry Marshall’s Princess Diaries statement on Larry King Now below.
I’d be thrilled to see another Princess Diaries movie hit theaters sometime soon. There’s definitely money to be made by capitalizing on the nostalgia factor, and bringing back the original cast for a final film. Of course, only time will tell if the plan actually comes to fruition. Garry Marshall is getting a bit long in the tooth, and he may not want to be in the directing game forever.
We’ll continue to update you as more information becomes public.