Miracles happen. Anne Hathaway—arguably best known for her ’00s role as Amelia “Mia” Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia—confirmed Thursday, January 24, that a Princess Diaries 3 is in the works, nearly 15 years after the second installment of the romantic comedy series was released.
While appearing on Watch What Happens Live, Hathaway addressed something fans of the series have awaited for well over a decade. “There is a script for the third movie. There is a script,” the actress expressed.
“I want to do it,” she continued. “Julie [Andrews] wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen.”
The film franchise, based on Meg Cabot’s bestselling series first kicked off in 2001, with Hathaway starring as Mia Thermopolis, an American teenager who discovers she is sole the heir to the throne of a tiny European country known as Genovia.
In the second film, Mia ascends the throne as Queen of Genovia while her romance with Lord Nicholas Devereaux develops. While the ending included a coronation, many fans still demanded a royal wedding between Mia and Nicholas (Chris Pine).
With her mega revelation, Hathaway brought up one big point about what would allow the filming to proceed. “It’s just we don’t want to unless it’s perfect because we love it just as much as you guys love it,” she noted. “It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until it’s ready, but we’re working on it.”
Cabot previously hinted at the possibility of a third film, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2017: “I think of them as two different universes. Like there’s The Princess Diaries universe that I created, which is, you know, amazing, and the Disney universe, that they created, which is equally amazing. And, you know, there’s fans of both, and fans who actually kind of like both of them at the same time.”
Andrews, who plays Queen Clarisse Renaldi, hinted at the discussions previously. “Anne’s very keen to do it. I would very willingly and happily do it,” she told BuzzFeed in 2016. Ultimately, the stars wanted to push forward with a third installment primarily to honor late director Gary Marshall.
“I think we might do it in honor of him…” Andrews noted. “Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to.”
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