”Disenchanted,” the follow-up to the 2007 hit ”Enchanted,” was an ”exciting challenge” for filmmaker Adam Shankman, and he says he never treated the project as a regular job.
The musical fantasy rom-com brings back lead star Amy Adams and her beloved character of Giselle, the archetypal Disney princess who finds true love in the live-action world of New York City.
The filmmaker, known for ”A Walk to Remember,” ”The Pacifier” and ”Bedtime Stories,” said directing a sequel can be a bit ”daunting.”
”What made the first one very special is that Giselle was a fish out of water and all the comedy came from that. But here, you couldn’t really use it because she’s been living in the world for so long. So that whole pool of comedy wasn’t really available to me.
”So rethinking how to create the same tone and feel without having any of the same comedy elements or even the genre was a challenge. And it was actually an exciting challenge because I knew I could do it,” Shankman told PTI in an interview.
Currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, ”Disenchanted” takes place 10 years after the events of ”Enchanted” and sees Giselle living happily with her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey).
Disenchanted with life in the city, the couple moves their growing family to the suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairytale life.
However, she realizes her fairy tale life may not be such a simple solution and looks to her storybook home of Andalasia for guidance, leading to magical chaos.
Shankman, who took over the director’s chair from Kevin Lima for the sequel, said he had long discussions with Adams about how the film should turn out.
”We talked a lot about what we did in each scene and where Giselle was and what was important to her about the movie and what was important to me about the movie.
”None of us just wanted to make it because it was a job. It felt so important to both of us,” he added.
His overall experience on ”Disenchanted” left Shankman in awe of Adams. He called the actor, known for award-winning performances in movies such as ”The Fighter,” ”American Hustle,” ”Arrival” and ”Nocturnal Animals,” one of the ”great actors of our generation.” ‘.
”She knew the character very well. And for this movie she had to move through so many different personality shifts. But she was just being herself and flipping personalities all over the place. It was really like we were thrown right into it.” audiences provided.
”I like these kinds of movies because I like to entertain the audience. I’ve never thought of myself as someone who feels like he has to beat a big drum with messages. All my movies are really just about love, unity and finding your way back to what’s important. And this movie provided another incredible opportunity to do that,” he added.
”Disenchanted” also stars Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel and James Marsden.
Brigitte Hales wrote the screenplay from a story by J David Stem and David N Weiss, and Richard LaGravenese.
The movie is produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld and Adams, with Jo Burn, Sunil Perkash and Shankman serving as executive producers.
It features original songs with music by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
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