Between Lily James’ Cinderella, Emma Watson’s Belle, Naomi Scott’s Jasmine, Yifei Liu’s upcoming Mulan and Halle Bailey’s recent casting as Ariel, live-action princesses are reigning Hollywood. But remember when the only animated Disney princess to become flesh and bone was Amy Adam’s Giselle in 2007’s Enchanted? The big-screen musical blended fairytale lore with New York City life for a feel-good blockbuster.
Whispers of a sequel titled Disenchanted has been talked about for some time now. So long that fans may have put their wishes to see it aside in disbelief that it will ever come. Word has now come that the sequel may be finally moving forward and an update from the studio is coming soon, according The DisInsider’s Skyler Shuler.
We're still working on it. We're plugging away. We are trying to get there to start... we are pounding forward. I can just say that, Amy (Adams) has read the most recent scripts. We're real happy with the most recent script. And we're just wrestling now with things like budget and getting music written and all of that. I'm hoping that it's imminent.
Since that was seven months ago, it’s definitely imaginable that since Disenchanted has pushed farther along with final drafts, the logistics of budget and music and an announcement is on the way. But on the other hand, the project was first introduced back in 2010, reportedly at one point production was to begin in 2017… which obviously didn’t happen either. We’ll have to take this rumor with a grain of salt because in this case, seeing is believing.
Adam Shankman previously said the reason Disenchanted has been taking so long is because Disney went through a big regime change during its development, who decided to give other projects the go-ahead before Giselle could return. The Hairspray director also pointed out that Disney doesn’t move forward with projects until it gets them right and the Enchanted sequel will be no exception.
The movie will reportedly reunited Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for the movie’s music, which will apparently be more song and dance-heavy then the original was. Menken has been busy lately crafting new music for the live-action Aladdin and collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Little Mermaid’s additional songs. It’s unclear whether he’s had time to craft the music for Disenchanted or not.
The always-busy Amy Adams doesn’t have too much on her plate right now except on Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, perhaps so she can play Giselle again? Patrick Dempsey’s Robert, James Marsden’s Prince Edward and Idina Menzel’s Nancy would likely return, but there’s just been so little talk about what’s going on with the project besides Shankman’s few updates.
Let’s hope this rumor is true and we’ll learn more of what’s going on with Disenchanted soon!