“The Princess Diaries” was an instant classic when it premiered back in 2001. Starring Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis, it’s the story of a geeky, awkward teenager who learns she is heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. The film was so popular that it was followed by a sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” in 2004. Now, fans who have been waiting a long 13 years for another dose of the franchise may be in luck, because there is officially a script for a third installment.
Meg Cabot, author of the best-selling books on which the movies are based, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that a script for a third film exists. However, she was quick to temper expectations by saying that she didn’t know anything beyond that. “So who knows? [It] could happen, as we say,” Cabot told the magazine.
Garry Marshall, who directed the first two films, passed away in 2016. Hathaway’s co-star, Julie Andrews, who played the regal Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the movies, previously revealed that she and Hathaway would be interested in reprising their roles as a way to honor the late Marshall.
“There’s talk about it,” Andrews told BuzzFeed earlier this year. “And [Hathaway]’s very keen to do it. I would very willingly and happily do it. I think we might do it in honor of him [Marshall]. Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to.”
It sounds like all the key players are on board, so fans definitely have reason to have some hope!
If you’re wondering where “The Princess Diaries 3” would find Mia all these years later, Cabot is keeping mum.
“I am not allowed to say,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can’t. I’m not allowed. But it’s really more following the movie than the books, so if she — the last version I read, she definitely did not find out that she has a biracial younger sister … which I personally would’ve thought was hilarious, but that was not the direction they were going.”
Well, we can dream!