It’s been 11 years since Amy Adams and Patrick Demsey joined the Disney universe with the live-action/animation hybrid film, Enchanted. Ever since, there have been rumors of a follow-up film, and now it appears a sequel is closer than ever to becoming a reality.
In October 2016, Disney hired Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman to helm an Enchanted sequel — the best indication yet that it was actually happening.
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour last week, Shankman gave reporters an update on the new movie’s status.
“We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I’m super happy with. Then gotta get the music written,” said Shankman.
According to the director, the sequel (titled Disenchanted) will feature more songs than the original, though the amount of animation is expected to stay the same.
The original Enchanted starred Adams as Giselle, a classically animated Disney heroine who finds herself transported to real-life modern New York City.
Demsey was the patient single father who aided Giselle in her journey, eventually falling in love and having their own “happily ever after.”
Shankman says the basically plot of the sequel has remained the same over 10 years of development, saying “It’s about Giselle 10 years later going, ‘What is happily ever after?'”
Multiple Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken wrote the music for the original film, which included three songs that were all nominated for Best Original Song.
No word yet on whether Menken will return for the sequel, though he has expressed an interest in doing so in past interviews.
Adams is expected to return for Disenchanted, but there’s no word yet on her co-stars, including Demsey.
Actor James Marsden, who played Prince Edward, has expressed interest in a sequel and has reportedly spoken to Adams about the film, but there’s no word on whether his character will be included either.