Enchanted, indeed. Ten years ago, Amy Adams was but a indie darling (with one Oscar nomination under her belt for the 2005 indie charmer Junebug) about to headline her first big-budget spectacle, Enchanted. Disney’s infectious, meta princess tale melded the worlds of animation and live-action and sparked a perfectly calibrated vehicle for her as a performer, cementing an A-list status for the now five-time Oscar nominee. Talks of a second installment – Enchanted earned $127 million domestically – have been around for a while but traction on the project appears finally ready to move forward as The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Adam Shankman (Hairspray) has signed on to helm a sequel, entitled Disenchanted.
The first film featured Adams as Giselle, a princess from the animated world of Andalasia who through a dash of pixie dust exits a worm hole, finding herself in a very real New York City. Endearing and cheerily sunny, Giselle – committed to marrying Prince Charming (James Marsden) – instead ends up falling for an unhappy single dad (Patrick Dempsey) all the while being pursued by the villainous Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon). The film was a box office hit and a three-time Oscar nominee for its original songs penned by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz; Adams also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her star-making performance.
With Disenchanted, we find Giselle tens years later in a crisis of sorts as she begins to question her fairly tale-perfect present. With a dash of magical ingredients one assumes, this crisis unleashes havoc for both her live-action present and her animated past. David Stem and David Weiss penned the script for the sequel, for which Adams is expected to return, as Shankman – who previously directed the musicals Rock of Ages and Hairspray, as well as the Disney comedy hit Bringing Down the House – looks to take over directing duties from Kevin Lima, the animation vet to helmed the original; Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip) was tapped earlier as a possibility to direct.
Disney hasn’t set a release date yet, nor have casting confirmations become public as of yet. That being said, the Mouse House is hoping the film can begin production sometime next summer.