Walt Disney Pictures is finally moving forward with their beloved The Princess Diaries franchise, as the studio plans The Princess Diaries 3. Released in 2001, the original The Princess Diaries, adapted from Meg Cabot's 2000 novel, rocketed Anne Hathaway to superstardom. It is not known if the actress, who has denied involvement in a sequel for years, will return. The movie will go into production with or without her, though.
Julie Andrews co-starred in the first movie and it's sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. The story follows Anne Hathaway as a nerdy teenage girl named Mia Thermopolis who becomes the heir to the fictional Kingdom of Genovia. The fantasy comedy was an instant hit with audiences, and Disney has tried to launch a third movie for many years. No plot details are being released at this time according to The Tracking Board, and Disney had no official comment on the project.
Debra Chase of Martin Chase Productions will return to produce The Princess Diaries 3 after serving as a producer on the first two installments. She also found success producing The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel. Garry Marshall directed both The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, but it is not known if, at 80-years-old, he'll want to return for a third round. The second movie helped launch the career of Chris Pine, and was written by Shonda Rhimes, who has gone onto become a renowned TV showrunner and creator of hits such as How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. No further casting or creative elements have been announced for the movie yet.