Disney’s Enchanted was a bit of an odd duck for Disney film when it came out, both a spoof on Disney Princess films and an homage to the genre at the same time. The movie starred Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Madsen, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon. It was generally thought to be a success at the box office, with critics, and Disney fans (who warmed up to the film after some initial discomfort).
Talk of a sequel to Enchanted started very early after the film showed signs of success. But it each attempt at production has stalled for one reason or another. Now Adam Shankman (he directed Hairspray in 2007 among other films) has been brought on board and says a script is actually nearing completion.
The working title for the sequel is Disenchanted. Of course there’s already a great stage musical of the same name (we’ve tracked it on the blog as many former Disney cast members were involved) that is also a parody of Disney’s princesses. We don’t know if Shankman has seen the show, but we assume the new script goes in a different direction.
A report in The Hollywood Reporter says the movie will be set 10 years after the original with Giselle living in the real world, but wondering about the life she chose. Something triggers a change that turns everyone’s life upside down in the real world and the animated kingdom of Anadalasia.
Collider caught up with Shankman and asked him about progress on Disenchanted.
“I’ve been in touch with Amy [Adams] and the cast, and everybody is really into it,” said Shankman. “We all love the story about everybody wondering what exactly defines happily ever after. It’s just a very exciting project that we all hope happens. Right now, we’re in a good place.”
Shankman blames the regime change at Walt Disney Studios on the the lack of desire to go ahead with the sequel. Disney was going in a different direction with its franchises, a very profitable direction, at the time.
That said, he’s thrilled to be working with Disney, saying “Making a movie over there is very exciting because they do not feel the need to put anything into production until they feel like they have it completely right.”
Whether the sequel will include hand-drawn animation like the original did remains to be seen. Walt Disney Animation Studios has made a traditional animation film since The Princess and the Frog in 2009.
The original movie was directed by Disney animation alum Kevin Lima. He’s since moved on from the Walt Disney Company, so it would be unlikely he is coming back for the sequel. The original songs were written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who are returning.
Are you excited for the return of Giselle and another visit to Andalasia in Disney’s Disencahnted?