‘Enchanted’ director on not returning for sequel: ‘It was a very sad role’

Fifteen years ago, Disney enchanted viewers by sending them their catalog of films with fascinatedAnd now his director is talking about the challenges of making the film — and his surprise at not being asked to work on the new sequel. Frustrating.

fascinatedThe s’ origins date back to the late 1990s. Initial screenplay, by Bill Kelly (A blast from the past), centers on Giselle, an animated woman who enjoys singing with her animal friends (such as Snow White or Sleeping Beauty) but longs for a happily ever after. After Giselle and the Prince of the Magic Kingdom fall in love, the Evil Queen banishes Giselle to New York City in a vivid scene. Kelly says Hollywood Reporter From his initial inspiration: “How do you do a modern era sound of Music? ”

Over the years, the script has been rewritten, and directors like Rob Marshall, John Turteltab, and Adam Shankman were in talks to helm the project before Kevin Lima came on board. Lima had a long history with the company as an animator, working on character designs for the little Mermaid And the Beauty and the beast and as a storyboard artist Aladdin before going for guidance goofy movie And the 102 dalmatians. Says THR This is his playground fascinated The film has been described as a “love letter to Disney,” not the more pessimistic version that was in the works.

The studio was looking to cast an established star as the lead, Lima recalls. But he pushed for Amy Adams, even before the 2005 drama was released junebug, which would provide her a breakthrough and her first Academy Award nomination. Amy is a lifeline fascinatedWithout this performance, the movie wouldn’t be half of what it is,” says the director.

He also recalls that the studio was “very nervous” about the film, with some individuals at Disney expressing concerns that the film would only appeal to girls. “The marketing department didn’t have confidence that the movie was worth shooting,” says Lima. “They didn’t think the boys were going to go see this movie, and the marketing department did their best to shut the movie down a few times while we were in pre-production. But I was really lucky.” [Disney execs] Nina Jacobson and Dick Cook believed in the movie and kept pushing us forward.”

Lima says he felt empowered when the test results were on the surface, and noticed that the boys liked it, too. fascinated It hit theaters November 21, 2007 and co-starred Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden; THR’The film review called the film “sometimes clever, sometimes disturbing”. Viewers were visibly amazed, as it grossed $340 million worldwide ($471 million today) and earned three Oscar nominations for original songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

A decade and a half later, the movie spawned a sequel Frustrating, premiering this month on Disney+ with all of the lead characters reprising their roles — but Shankman has replaced Lima in the director’s chair. Lima tells us THR He was “shocked” that he wasn’t asked to star in the new film, which currently has a 39 percent approval rating on YouTube. Rotten tomatoesvs fascinatedRating 93 percent s.

says about Frustrating. “It was a very sad turn. I haven’t seen the movie. I haven’t read the script. So I’m going to experience the characters I helped create, grow and live through as the audience does.”

Regardless, Lima is still proud of it fascinated Join our list of fan favorite Disney Princess movies: “Because we honored these movies in such a loving way, fascinated become timeless.”

THR reported in May 2005 that the long-running project was “back on track” with the hiring of Lima.

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A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.

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