It has been rumored that the long-anticipated sequel The Princess Diaries 3 might actually shoot sometime in 2017. While an official start date has not been announced for this Disney comedy, original director of the first two movies, Garry Marshall, says the project is a go. And that his leading lady, Anne Hathaway, will return. But he has to wait for a very special event to take place before cameras can roll.

Yes, it sounds like Anne Hathaway will be reprising her iconic star-making role as Disney's Princess Mia Thermopolis. Director Garry Marshall revealed the news to People, explaining that both he and Anne Hathaway are excited to start shooting. But they'll have to wait for the birth of Anne Hathaway's child before they can proceed. He explains.

"I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan. Anne Hathaway is very pregnant, so we have to wait until she has the baby and then I think we're going to do it."

It was last summer that rumors of The Princess Diaries 3 started to flood the Internet. But at the time, it wasn't known if Anne Hathaway would return, or if Genovia would be getting a new ruler. Anne Hathaway and Garry Marshall first teamed up in 2001 for The Princess Diaries, which was a surprise hit for Disney. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement reunited the pair in 2004. Between 2000 and 2009 over a dozen books following Princess Mia Thermopolis have been published by author Meg Cabot.

After a six year hiatus, Meg Cabot returned with her latest book in 2015, which revolves around Mia's Royal Wedding. It isn't known if The Princess Diaries 3 will be based on this book. Chris Pine, who co-starred in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, has said in the past that he is open to returning. Director Garry Marshall said this about the possibility.

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"Maybe. He's quite big now, you know."

It isn't known when The Princess Diaries 3 will begin shooting. It sounds like the team may be planning a 2017 production start date, with the movie in theaters by 2018. That would mark a 14 year gap between movies. What do you think? Are you excited to see this pair return?

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