It’s been 16 years since we were first introduced to Garry Marshall’s The Princess Diaries, and rumors of a third installment continue to circulate.
Yes, you read that right: 16 years. Do you feel old yet?
How about this: it’s been 12 years since The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Over a decade. Yikes.
There’s no official word on a Princess Diaries 3 just yet, but interest in continuing the series, based on the best-selling young adult novels by Meg Cabot, seems to be higher than ever.
Julie Andrews Fuels Princess Diaries: 3 Rumors
Earlier this year, Julie Andrews, who played Queen Clarisse Renaldi to absolute majestic perfection in both installments, expressed such interest to BuzzFeed, telling the site not only is “there talk about it,” but she, herself, would “very willingly and happily do it.”
Adding even more fuel to the rumors, Andrews also mentioned that Anne Hathaway, an Oscar winner now, but forever Mia Thermopolis in our hearts, shared this willingness to continue the story, saying Hathaway is “very keen to do it.”
The timing of this renewed interest in the franchise isn’t entirely coincidental: Princess Diaries director Garry Marshall passed away last July. When speaking to BuzzFeed in February, Andrews threw out the possibility of doing a third installment as a tribute to him. “Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it,” she told the site, “and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to.”
Princess Diaries Author Meg Cabot Says Script Exists
To top off the swirling speculation, Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot has now told Entertainment Weekly that, although there is still no official word, a script exists. An actual script, you guys.
When pushed for further details, Cabot was hesitant to say much more. “I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can’t. I’m not allowed.”
So, we still don’t know much, and there’s no definite plan in place, but with cast and script ready to go, it seems like only a matter of time!
And if The Princess Diaries 3 doesn’t pan out, Cabot has another suggestion: taking Genovia to Broadway. “I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that someday we’re gonna get one of those,” she said. “That would be so fun.”
Whether it be on the big screen or the stage, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be getting something.