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It’s hard to believe that The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement came out way back in August 2004. While the past 14 years have just flown by, fans of the Disney series have never given up hope on getting another sequel. And if new reports are to be believed, The Princess Diaries 3 is finally on the way, but will Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine return? Here’s what we know so far.
As of 2019, the film is still very much on.
While the bulk of updates about Princess Diaries 3 came out in 2017, Anne Hathaway was asked about the status of the project during her January 2019 appearance on Watch What Happens Live. She wants it to happen. Julie Andrews wants it to happen. They’re working on it.
“There is a script for the third movie…. There is a script,” she said. “I want to do it. Julie [Andrews] wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen. It’s just we don’t want to unless it’s perfect, because we love it just as much as you guys love it. It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until it’s ready, but we’re working on it, so…”
There’s already a script!
Even before Hathaway confirmed there was a script, the author of The Princess Diaries book series, Meg Cabot told Entertainment Weekly that a script exists. She also said that if the movie gets made, it’ll happen “kind of as a tribute” to Garry Marshall, director of the first two movies, who passed away in 2016. But Cabot refused to reveal any further details, apart from saying that the movies would likely deviate from the book series. She said, “I think of them as two different universes.”
Garry Marshall was planning the third installment before he died.
In an interview with People in March 2016, Marshall said, “I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago. It looks like we want to do The Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan.” Sadly, Marshall’s plan never came to fruition, but it’s possible that the sequel will still be set in New York, to honor his idea.
Anne Hathaway has a secret idea for the sequel.
Julie Andrews, who plays Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the movies, told Buzzfeed in February 2017, “Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to…” And, yes, the “Annie” she’s referring to is Anne Hathaway. Andrews also confirmed, “I would very willingly and happily do it.”
However, it might be some time before ‘The Princess Diaries 3’ eventuates.
Hathaway’s rep reportedly told Buzzfeed in March 2017, “It’s way too premature to discuss this project.”
Chris Pine is open to it.
In January 2016, during a fan Q&A for Entertainment Weekly, Pine was asked, “Don’t you pray every night for a Princess Diaries 3?” To which he replied, “Have you been reading my diary?”
Mandy Moore would consider a cameo.
In July 2017, Moore, who played mean-girl cheerleader Lana, told ELLE.com, “If I’m going to be involved, I would be down for a cameo—maybe she could make amends with Mia and apologize for being a bully when she was younger. She was insecure, going through a difficult time in her life and [has now] reflected on why that wasn’t okay.”
Princess Mia’s best friend Lilly Moscovitz would come back
In July 2016, Heather Matarazzo, who played Princess Mia’s best friend Lilly Moscovitz, told Cosmopolitan that she would definitely return for another sequel. She said, “If Annie and Julie are down, of course.”
The fans are ready.
While we all wait for an official announcement, there’s plenty of time to rewatch the first two movies, and remember just how cute Chris Pine was in Royal Engagement.