Anne Hathaway, Garry Marshall to Reunite for PRINCESS DIARIES 3
Princess Diaries director Garry Marshall told PEOPLE that both he and Academy Award winning actress Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) are aiming to make a third movie in the series, which kicked off with 2001’s The Princess Diaries. A sequel – The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – followed in 2004. “I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan,” the filmmaker told PEOPLE. “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.”
Last Summer, Disney told EW a threequel was not currently in development – dashing the hopes for fans awaiting the return of Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) and Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews). Royal Engagement co-star Chris Pine may or may not return, with Marshall telling PEOPLE, “Maybe. He’s quite big now, you know.” Hathaway’s return to the series that helped make her a star looked doubtful in 2012, with the actress telling Glamour, “After Princess Diaries, I was labelled a good girl. For the first eight years of my career I had to fight to get any other kind of job.” The sentiments echoed what Hathaway said years earlier, revealing that her association with the pair of films pushed her into more adult fare. “Because I became so associated with The Princess Diaries, my main [criterion] is to look for the opposite of what I last did,” Hathaway told EW in 2006.
When reports of the third film’s existence arose in Summer 2015, it was said the production “may or may not involve” Hathaway. “I would never say no because Disney’s so wonderfully clever and inventive, but I would think they’ll stay with just the two because of Annie,” Andrews told Access Hollywood in 2012.
With Hathaway now a mother and an Academy Award winner – and a co-star in Disney’s live-action Alice in Wonderland franchise, with the sequel hitting theaters this Summer – she could be more open to returning to her famous role of Mia Thermopolis. The original Princess Diaries grossed more than $165 million worldwide on a $26 million budget, with its followup earning $95 million at the domestic box office.