Disenchanted, the sequel to 2007’s hit Enchanted, was an “exciting challenge” for filmmaker Adam Shankman, and he says he never considered the project a regular job.
The musical fantasy rom-com brings back leading lady Amy Adams and her beloved character 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 so special was that Giselle was a fish out of water and that’s where the whole comedy came from. But you couldn’t really use all that here because she’s lived in the world for so long. So the whole pool of comedy wasn’t really available to me.
“So it was a challenge to think about how to create the same tone and feel without having the same comedy elements or even the same genre. And it was actually an exciting challenge because I knew I could do it,” Shankman said in an interview with PTI.
Disenchanted, currently airing on Disney+ Hotstar, is set 10 years after the events of Enchanted and follows Giselle living happily with her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey).
Disillusioned with life in the city, the couple and their growing family move to the suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairytale life.
However, realizing her fairytale life might not be such an easy fix, she seeks guidance in her picture-perfect home of Andalasia, leading to magical chaos.
Shankman, who took over the director’s chair from Kevin Lima on the follow-up, said he spent a long time in discussions with Adams about how the film should end.
“We talked a lot about what we did in each scene and where Giselle was and what was important to her about the film and what was important to me about the film.
“None of us wanted to do it just because it was a job. It felt kind of important to both of us,” he added.
His overall experience on Disenchanted left Shankman in awe of Adams. He dubbed the actor, known for his critically acclaimed performances in films like The Fighter, American Hustle, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, as one of the “greatest actors of our time.” Generation”.
“She knew the character very well. And for this film, she had to go through so many different personality changes. But she was only for herself and turned personalities everywhere. It was really like we were thrown right in.” As a filmmaker, Shankman said he always enjoys dabbling in the fantasy genre because he enjoys presenting stories that entertain audiences.
“I like these types of films because I like entertaining the audience. I’ve never seen myself as feeling the need to bang a big drum with messages. All my films are really just about love, unity and finding your way back to what is important. And this film was another incredible opportunity to do that,” he added.
Also starring in Disenchanted are Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel and James Marsden.
Brigitte Hales wrote the screenplay, based on a story by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese.
The film is being 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 Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
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