Enchanted taught us so many important lessons: That life’s not always a fairy tale, that marrying a dude you’ve only known for a day probably isn’t a great idea, and that a jolly fleet of pigeons and cockroaches are surprisingly efficient apartment cleaners, among others. And now we’re learning that the 2007 Disney rom-com’s sequel will have wisdom to spare as well. Namely, that keeping the happily ever after spark alive after 10 years understandably requires a few more musical numbers.
After appearing on a recent panel for the Television Critics Association, director Adam Shankman told Slash Film that the script for the highly anticipated Disenchanted is just about done and that fans can expect “a lot more songs” if all goes according to plan. The cheery-with-a-sprinkle-of-subversive soundtrack from the original featured five amazing original songs—with three of those nabbing Academy Award nominations—meaning we’ve got to be looking at something like seven or more this time around, right? There will probably be about the same amount of animation in this movie as was in the first one, Shankman said.
That description plus the new movie’s title makes us a little nervous that things may not be all frolicking in Central Park and slicing up curtains to make gowns when we see Giselle (Amy Adams) and her unexpected Prince Charming (aka NOT Prince Charming), Robert (Patrick Dempsey) again after all these years. But we’re hoping that vibe leans closer to the “real life can be magical in a different way” theme from the original than spiraling into something dark and depressing.
Shankman was the guy behind Hairspray, so we can probably assume Disenchanted will have just as much humor as it has heart. And it sounds like we don’t need to worry about Giselle ditching Robert for her actual prince Edward (real-life-cartoon-prince James Marsden in one of the greatest casting decisions of all time). Shankman told Entertainment Weekly back in November: “[Enchanted] is about a woman who grows past the small world where she came from and becomes a more fully formed person. So she can’t stay where she was, she can’t get married to the person she met that she decided to marry in a single day.”
Phew. If you need us, we’ll just be waiting on this billboard for Robert, Giselle, and Morgan to come rescue us when the movie is done.