Spellbound is being directed by Vicky Jenson and has been written by Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin, and Linda Woolverton. It is expected to be released on November 11, 2022.
That means Jennifer Lawrence, who shot to superstardom as the Girl on Fire, does not appear in the prequel story.
The Steven Spielberg directed musical is nominated for seven Oscars, including the best picture at the movie gala.
He made the remarks at the annual breakfast with the nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the Skirball Cultural Center.