Reese Witherspoon to Star in Disney’s Fairy Tale Send-Up, ‘Happily Ever After’

By October 7, 2013


If there’s any studio in Hollywood that needs to take a closer look at the fallout from a fairy tale romance, it’s Disney, and it seems as if the Mouse House is about to do just that with a new film titled (of course) Happily Ever After. They’ve even got a princess already lined up for the lead role, and she’s not even of the animated variety.

Reese Witherspoon is set to star in and produce the film (through her Pacific Standard shingle) that centers on a fairy tale prince and princess a decade after their (you guessed it) “happily ever after.” The film sounds to be taking its premise quite literally, as THR reports that the pair soon discover that “even in fairy-tale land, you have to work to keep your relationship and your life together.” (Sounds a bit like this year’s British film I Give It A Year, a romcom that took place after the movie’s happy couple fell in love at first sight.) Is it wrong that we’re already picturing Happily Ever After is going to take place in Candyland? So sticky.


The film’s pitch comes from “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” creator Nahnatchka Khan, who was brought on to help develop the idea as first hatched by Smart Entertainment’s head of production, Zac Unterman. Unterman and Smart’s John Jacobs eventually took the idea to Khan, who they had previously worked with on “American Dad,” and the trio reportedly crafted a “great pitch” together, one they took to the project-happy Witherspoon. Movie magic!

Other details on the film, including potential male stars, production time, and release date, are not currently available, so we’ll be on the lookout for more information. Is it too soon to push Matthew McConaughey for the prince role? Because that would be alright, alright, alright.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.