Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
I’m honestly surprised that it took so long. Disney’s 2007 live-action film Enchanted was the best fairy tale the mouse-house had produced in quite some time, and even before it was released, execs were calling it the first film of a potential franchise. The plans are finally starting to come together on an Enchanted sequel, as Disney has hired Jessie Nelson to pen a screenplay, which will be directed by Anne Fletcher.
Nelson’s credits include Stepmom, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, Because I Said So and was involved in writing the story for Fred Claus. Fletcher is a choreographer-turned-director whose credits include Step Up, 27 Dresses and The Proposal.
I’m disappointed to report that none of the creative team behind the first film are returning for the follow-up, neither screenwriter Bill Kelly (Blast from the Past) or director Kevin Lima (Tarzan). Fletcher’s former career as a choreographer should help with the film’s mix of musical numbers. None of the films stars have yet signed on for the follow-up, although it is expected that they will.
In the original film, Amy Adams stars as Giselle, as a Disney princess who becomes banished from her animated fantasyland by an evil queen, and is left to fend for herself in live-action modern day Manhattan. Here is the official plot synopsis:
Enchanted begins in the animated fairytale land of Andalasia where the charming and perky Giselle (Amy Adams) instantly captures the heart of the dashing Prince Edward (James Marsden). Desperate to keep the young lovers apart in order to preserve her control of the throne, the prince’s evil mother Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) transports Giselle from her whimsical homeland to the worst place she can think of—Times Square. Suddenly transformed from animated beauty into flesh and blood girl, the comely lass twirls her way through the urban jungle, blissfully unaware that dreams don’t always come true. Rescued from the streets by divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey), who suspects she’d be better off in Bellevue, and pursued by Edward, who finds that a sword is useless against a modern day dragon—er, make that city bus—the eternally optimistic Giselle starts to wonder if “happily ever after” is what she really wants.
No storyline has been released for the sequel, but it is expected that it will once again involve Giselle in the real world. It also seems like an obvious decision to film the movie in 3D, although that has not yet been decided.