In October 2019, a sequel was announced to be in development as a Disney+ exclusive film, with a screenplay written by Jen D'Angelo. Shortly after the report Midler, Parker, and Najimy all confirmed their interest in reprising their roles. In March 2020, Adam Shankman was signed on to direct, but in April 2021, Anne Fletcher took over to direct. On May 14, 2021, Birch teased her reprised role from her Twitter post say "2022 will be Mah-velous". On May 20, 2021, Midler confirmed it will release in Fall 2022. On September 1, 2021, cinematographer Elliot Davis signed in to the production and said they will begin on October 4, 2021 and wrap before new year 2022.