Julie Andrews as Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries

Anne Hathaway Just Gave The Best Princess Diaries 3 Update

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by Ani Bundel
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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 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 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.” As The 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.

There’s Already A Script

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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.

Anne Hathaway Gave A Promising Update

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There wasn’t any real talk about the third movie in the couple of years since it was announced, but Hathaway finally provided an update in 2024. “We’re in a good place,” the star told V Magazine when asked about the film’s development status. “There’s nothing to announce yet. But we’re in a good place,” Hathaway added.

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