Nearly nine years after it first hit theaters, Disney’s follow-up to Enchanted, titled Disenchaned, has finally found its director. Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the Enchanted sequel, which the studio has been developing since 2010. Original Enchaned star Amy Adams is expected to reprise her role as princess Giselle. Although it isn’t known if James Marsden or any of the other original cast members will be back for Enchanted 2.
The original Enchanted centered on Amy Adams’ Giselle, who is set to marry her Prince Charming (James Marsden) before she is taken from her animated fantasy world and thrust into our real world in New York City. There she meets a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who is about to marry a woman (Idina Menzel) who is completely wrong for him. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disenchanted will take place 10 years after the original movie, following Giselle as she questions her “happily ever after” life, which triggers events that disrupt everyone’s lives in both the real world and the fantasy land of Andalasia.
Disney first started developing Enchanted 2 in 2010, when The Proposal director Anne Fletcher came aboard, taking over for original Enchanted director Kevin Lima. The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss came aboard to write the script in 2014, although it isn’t known if the studio has brought in other writers since then. Anne Fletcher was still attached to Enchanted 2 last year, when we reported that the sequel will now be entitled Disenchanted.
Disney is hoping to get production started on Disenchanted next summer, although the studio has not set a release date at this time. The original movie was a box office hit, taking in $127.8 million domestically and $340.4 million worldwide, from an $85 million budget. The original movie also starred Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews, Timothy Spall, Rachel Covey and Jeff Bennett.
Amy Adams will next be seen in Arrival, with the sci-fi thriller hitting theaters on November 11, and in Justice League, which arrives November 17, 2017. Adam Shankman hasn’t directed a feature film since 2012’s Rock of Ages, but he is currently producing the upcoming comedy Status Update, hitting theaters next year. His other directorial credits include Hairspray, Bedtime Stories, The Pacifier, Bringing Down the House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, A Walk To Remember and The Wedding Planner.