All Princess Mia fans, believe it or not we are quickly approaching the 20th anniversary of The Princess Diaries. And if all goes according to plan there may be a third installment out just in time starring original cast members Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.
In her breakthrough performance, Hathaway portrayed Princess Mia Thermopolis in the original film, 2001’s The Princess Diaries, as well as its sequel, 2004’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Back in 2016 both Hathaway and original director Garry Marshall showed interest in reviving the franchise for The Princess Diaries 3, with Marshall even noting that he had already decided to shoot the film in Manhattan. Sadly, Marshall passed away a short time later.
But do no fret, in a recent interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Hathaway has offered a very promising update on the progress of The Princess Diaries 3 movie. Not only is the project still very much a go, but a script for the film has already been written! Furthermore and perhaps more importantly, Julie Andrews has expressed a desire to return to Genovia. Andrews originally played the role of Queen Clarisse Renaldi, grandmother to Thermopolis.
“There is a script for the third movie,” Hathaway confirmed on Watch What Happens Live. “I want to do it. Julie wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen.” My younger self is geeking out right now.
However before we start predicting what might be coming out in the sequel Hathaway noted, however that she and The Princess Diaries 3 crew are in no rush to get it done, as they want to do the franchise proper justice. “It’s just we don’t want to unless it’s perfect because we love it just as much as you guys love it,” explained Hathaway. “It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until its ready, but we’re working on it.”
The Princess Diaries franchise is famously based on Meg Cabot’s own book series of the same name, which follows Thermopolis, a woman who discovers she’s the rightful heir to the throne of fictional European kingdom Genovia.
For now we would just have to wait for new upcoming updates!