Disney is hoping to charm auds again with a sequel to “Enchanted,” hiring Jessie Nelson to pen a script for the live-action fairy tale that “The Proposal” helmer Anne Fletcher is attached to direct.
Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld will return as producers.
Mouse House is keen on getting another installment of “Enchanted” on the bigscreen — perhaps as early as next year — after the 2007 pic, which starred Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon, earned more than $340 million worldwide. It earned $123 million domestically and helped Adams break out. Bill Kelly (“Blast From the Past”) penned the original.
First film had languished in development for years as filmmakers like Sonnenfeld struggled with a way to tackle its comedic tone, musical numbers and blend of animation and live-action sequences.
Fletcher is a choreographer-turned-director who has had a string of hits with “Step Up,” “27 Dresses” and romantic comedy “The Proposal,” the latter of which earned $315 million worldwide for Disney last summer.
“Enchanted 2″ fits perfectly with the studio’s plans to make more movies that define the Disney brand. Project is Disney’s riff on its classic fairy-tale features, revolving around Giselle, a princess who is banished from her animated world by an evil queen and thrown onto the live-action streets of Manhattan to fend for herself.
Studio will likely try to bring back the first film’s stars.
Nelson’s credits include scripting the comedies “Because I Said So,” “The Story of Us” and “Stepmom.” She also wrote and directed “I Am Sam” and produced “Fred Claus,” for which she helped developed the story.
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