The original The Princess Diaries, starring a then-unknown Anne Hathaway and the iconic Julie Andrews, was only expected to be a modest hit when it debuted in 2001. However, its runaway commercial success spawned a sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, in 2004. Although a capstone to make it a trilogy was discussed, it never got off the ground... until now. The Princess Diaries 3 is reportedly in development, so get ready for another trip to Genovia.
The last time anyone checked in with the state of Genovia was earlier in 2022, when Julie Andrews was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award. Things were not looking hopeful for the kingdom then, as Andrews, who played Queen Clarisse in the first two films, shot down rumors of a threequel that had been bubbling around since the launch of Disney+ in 2019. Noting that acclaimed director Gary Marshall, who helmed the first two, had passed away in 2016, she told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a lovely thought, but I don’t think it would probably be possible.”
Someone should have told the former Mary Poppins, “Everything is possible — even the impossible.” AsThe Hollywood Reporter reported in November 2022 that Disney is returning to the world of The Princess Diaries. Here’s everything fans need to know so far.
The Princess Diaries 3 Production Updates
Even after another movie failed to materialize in the late aughts, Meg Cabot, the author of the book the film is based on, held out hope, saying in 2017 that there were scripts out there, and people were willing to do it “to honor Marshall.”
In 2019, when Disney+ launched and a spate of reboots, reimaginings, and new sequels seemed to be cropping up almost every day, Anne Hathaway confirmed there was a script for a new movie, and she was in if everything came together correctly.
But it took a couple of years to get those stars to align. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Princess Diaries 3 is finally coming together, with writer Aadrita Mukerji (Supergirl) continuing the Anne Hathaway-led film series, rather than rebooting it.
The Princess Diaries 3 Potential Cast & Plot
Although Hathaway has expressed interest in returning (and Andrews at least called the idea “lovely”), no one has yet signed on for the film, at least not publicly. According to THR, the hope is to sign Hathaway once things start moving beyond the script stage, and perhaps Andrews. Without them, the film seems unlikely to be a continuation rather than a reboot, at least without a lot of careful work.
The Princess Diaries 3 Trailer & Release Date Predictions
With things still in the script stage, there’s no telling when there will be footage for a trailer, let alone a release date. However, Disney is known for plotting theatrical releases years in advance, with plenty of open slots in 2025 and 2026.