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Anne Hathaway Encourages Fans To Be Patient In An Update Regarding Princess Diaries 3

"The Princess Diaries" wasn't just a surprise hit when it was released in 2001. It also made Anne Hathaway a bankable teen movie star, leading to the sequel "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" as well as the 2004 adaptation of "Ella Enchanted."

Hathaway played Mia Thermopolis, an introverted adolescent whose estranged grandmother, Clarisse (Julie Andrews), tells her a surprising truth: Mia is the heir to the European kingdom of Genovia. The overwhelmed teen has to undergo a thorough makeover before deciding if ruling Genovia is even what she really wants.

According to People, Hathaway could tell immediately that "The Princess Diaries" would be a success: "Getting the script, it just had that feeling." Elite Daily later called it "a bonafide fave of '90s and 2000s kids alike."

Recently, "The Princess Diaries 3" has been revealed to be in development at Disney (via People). But Hathaway has told excited fans it may take some time for the sequel to actually get made.

Hathaway cautioned that film production takes a long time

It's been nearly two decades since the first "Princess Diaries" sequel was released in 2004. Naturally then, fans are clamoring for a new film with Anne Hathaway reprising her role, now as an older Princess Mia. One tweet even joked, "The Princess Diaries 3 movie will heal our broken nation."

However, story development and pre-production alone for even a mid-budget release can take some time. Hathaway told People that she's just as excited as anyone, but that the wait is going to be a bit longer, saying, "I know it's probably very frustrating."

The actress further explained, "Everybody should consider themselves a part of the movie business now, because this is how long it actually takes to make things." Hathaway herself apparently hasn't signed on yet, though the film is in the script stages (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Meanwhile, according to Access Hollywood, Julie Andrews cast doubt on reprising her role for a third "Princess Diaries" outing: "I am that much older and Annie the princess, or queen, is so much older." Fans will just have to wait and see whether Hathaway or Andrews will return for "The Princess Diaries 3," and where a new sequel could take the story.