If there's one thing Disney does exceeding well (and has invested an exceeding amount of money in recently), it's fairy tales. Between next year's' "Into the Woods" to 2015's "Cinderella," the studio has been revisiting some classic tales and reestablishing itself as the premiere destination for modern takes on timeless folklore.
However, their relationship with fairy tales is about to get slightly more fractured with "Happily Ever After," which Reese Witherspoon has agreed to star in (she's also producing).
The movie concerns a prince and princess ten years after they've lived "happily ever after." They realize that, even in a fairy tale land, you have to work on the relationship to make things truly magical. According to the report in the Hollywood Reporter, the deal had been in the works for almost two years.
This sounds like an intriguing premise for a fairy tale movie, and the studio is wise to return to the somewhat skewered tone that helped make "Enchanted" such a delightful hit back in 2007.
Witherspoon last worked for the studio on the 2002 romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" and is currently readying "Wild" for Fox, based on the best-selling Cheryl Strayed memoir.
Considering "Happily Ever After" is already more than two years in the making, hopefully it will make its way to theaters in a somewhat speedy manner. Then we can all live happily ever after sooner rather than later.