New Delhi: “Decented”, a sequel to the 2007 hit film “Enchanted”, was an “exciting challenge” for filmmaker Adam Shankman and he says he never thought of the project as a routine job.
The musical fantasy rom-com brings back lead star 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’ says directing a sequel can be a bit ‘scary’.
“What makes the first one special is that Giselle was a fish out of water and all the comedy came from that. But here, you can’t really use them all because she’s been in the world for so long. So the whole pool of comedy was not really available to me.
“So it was a challenge to rethink how to create the same tone and emotion without the same comedic elements or even style.” And it was a really exciting challenge because I knew I could do it.
Currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, ‘Dechanted’ is set 10 years after the events of ‘Enchanted’ and features Giselle living happily with her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey). Disillusioned with life in the city, the couple move their growing family to the suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more luxurious life.
However, she learns that her fairytale life may not be so simple and looks to her storybook Andalasia for guidance, which leads to magical mayhem.
Shankman, who took over the director’s chair from Kevin Lima for the follow-up, said he had long discussions with Adams about how the film should be pitched.
“We talked a lot about what we were doing 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 make it because it was a job. It was important to both of us,” he said.
Their overall experience on “Dechanted” has Shankman in awe of Adams. The actor, known for his critically acclaimed performances in films like ‘The Fighter’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘Arrival’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’, is one of our ‘Great Actors’. generation”.
“She knew the character very well. And for this film, he had to go through many different personality changes. But she was just herself and shaking personalities everywhere. It was really like we were thrown into it.” As a filmmaker, Shankman said he likes to keep trying his hand at the fantasy genre because he likes to present stories that entertain audiences. provides.
I like these kind of films because I like to entertain the audience. I’ve never thought of myself as someone who feels he needs to beat a big drum with messages. All my movies are really just about love, unity and getting back to what’s important. And this film provided another incredible opportunity to do so,” he added.
“Dechanted” 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 La Gravenese.
The film is produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld and Adams, with Joe Byrne, Sunil Prakash and Shankman serving as executive producers.
It features original songs with music by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.