Disney teases a possible sequel, Broadway show and TV series, after fans ask for more “Encanto” content.
By: Samantha Bravo
Disney has always been known for its animated blockbuster films and “Encanto” is definitely no exception.
From the catchy songs written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, to its wonderful representation of Colombian culture, to its message about healing from generational trauma, it’s no surprise to see that it is one of the top streaming movies on Disney+.
Considering how successful the movie is, it would make sense that fans would want to see an “Encanto 2” in the future. Luckily, we won’t have to wait any longer.
After so many fans have been asking for more “Encanto” content, Disney recently announced on March 22 that they are making the film into a franchise. According to one of the writers and directors, Jared Bush, Disney is planning on making a sequel to the film, a TV series that will be streaming on Disney+ and a Broadway musical adaptation.
“I’m asked a lot if there will be more “Encanto” movies, TV, Theater, etc,” Jared Bush posted on Twitter. “I’ll say this, it was always our dream, but the real deciders are the fans who found themselves in this story, who saw their family in ours, who chose to spend time with the Madrigals and want to again.”
Disney still hasn’t announced whether the movie will be released in theaters or if it will only be available on Disney+. It’s also important to note that it normally takes a long time for Disney to make a movie, especially sequels.
Despite how successful “Frozen” was, it took almost six years for “Frozen 2” to be released in theaters. Other sequels, such as “Toy Story 3”, “Finding Dory” and “Incredibles 2”, were released over ten years after the predecessors in their franchises, so there’s no telling when the “Encanto” sequel will be released.
Most fans would actually prefer a sequel since it will give the writers an opportunity to further develop the characters-especially the shapeshifting Camillo, who didn’t get as much screen time as most of his other family members.
“I think with this movie, we especially fell in love with every single character, and I think that we try to design them in a way that you want to know more about them,” Bush said on The Digital Mix four months prior to his announcement on Twitter. “So, I would very, very happily see a show about any member of that family.”
If Disney decides to do a TV series, they may dedicate an episode to each member of the Madrigal family. There’s also the possibility that they could confirm the theories that have been speculated on Tik Tok, which is where most of the fan interactions take place.
Even though the story of the movie or TV series remains unclear, Bush has also hinted at specific plot points.
“Last Tweet: I promised a secret if you found it,” Bush posted again on Twitter. “There are two miracles in “Encanto”: Abuela’s, born of love for family, embodied by her candle, flame-colored magic, the 2nd: Mirabel’s born of the same, embodied in casita, its colors…everyone’s. What comes next…I hope we’ll see.”
As for the Broadway musical adaptation, Lin-Manuel Miranda admits that not every single Broadway Disney musical has been successful. However, he believes that Encanto has what it takes to be a good adaptation and has even started writing new songs just in case.
“My first draft of “All of You” was like seven minutes long,” said Miranda. “It was so late in production that they were like ‘Lin, we won’t make the movie in time. You actually have to cut this down.’ So I’ve got the Broadway finale like in the chamber.”
Although there still isn’t a whole lot of information on the “Encanto” franchise, it will be interesting to see how future content will turn out.