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Adam Shankman, the helmer behind the musical Hairspray, is in negotiations to direct Disenchanted, the follow-up to Disney’s musically inclined 2007 fantasy Enchanted that starred Amy Adams.
Adams is expected to return for the sequel, which Disney is hoping to get before cameras in summer 2017, several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Kevin Lima directed the original movie, which tackled the idea of a prototypical Disney princess thrust into the real world, with songs and true love following.
Adams starred as Giselle, who is due to marry her Prince Charming (James Marsden) when she is plucked from her animated world and into the live-action world of New York City. There she encounters a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who is due to marry someone totally wrong for him (Idina Menzel). The movie also featured Susan Sarandon as a Maleficent-style evil queen.
Enchanted featured songs by Alan Menken and grossed over $340 million worldwide (including $127 million domestically). Disney has been developing a sequel since 2010, with Anne Fletcher previously attached to direct.
Sources say Disenchanted is set 10 years after the first movie, with Giselle finding herself questioning her happily-ever-after life and accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia. David Stem and David Weiss wrote the script.
Shankman is well-known to execs at Disney for his work as director on the light-hearted comedies Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier and Bedtime Stories. But he’s also shown a love for musicals with his all-star adaptations of Hairspray and Rock of Ages, which had audiences humming in their seats.
Shankman is repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott.
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