The replacement of director Kevin Lima for the Enchanted sequel came as “a very, very sad turn,” Lima claims, adding that he was never contacted by Disney about the change.
Kevin Lima, the director of the first Enchanted film, has spoken out against being sidelined from the creation of the sequel Disenchanted, which debuted earlier this month. The original Enchanted, which came out in 2007, was directed by Lima, who was previously responsible for films including A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, and 102 Dalmatians for Disney. All four of Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel’s previous roles are back for this Bill Kelly-penned sequel.
While the majority of the original Enchanted cast returned for the sequel, director Adam Shankman took over from Lima. Lima recently spoke with THR about the matter, when he revealed that he was never even contacted about directing the sequel.
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He attributes the decision to management shake-ups at Disney and behind-the-scenes politics, but admits he was “shocked” by the rebuff. He claims the entire affair simply left him “extremely sad,” and he hasn’t been able to bring himself to watch Disenchanted on Disney+.
“A perfect storm of a change of CEOs and Hollywood politics made it such that I was uninvited to the celebration, regretfully. The situation took a tragic turn. I haven’t watched the movie; I haven’t read the screenplay. So I get to see the characters I helped build, develop and flourish alongside the viewers.”
Despite his lack of participation in the sequel, Lima is nonetheless happy of Enchanted and the film’s successes. Lima believes that Enchanted has become a timeless picture in its own right since the original film successfully paid tribute to classic Disney films.
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As the director explains, “Enchanted has become timeless because we paid respect to those movies in a loving manner.”
While the first Enchanted was well-praised by reviewers, its sequel did not fare as well. Over at Dismal Tomatoes, the picture was blasted with a rotten score of 39% after being hammered with poor reviews. With a 59% audience score, it was still terrible but somewhat better than average. Compare that to the certified fresh score of 93% for Enchanted, which boasts an audience score of 80%.
Adam Shankman directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Brigitte Hales, while the plot was created by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, and Richard LaGravenese. Returning cast members include Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel, while new cast members include Gabriella Baldacchino, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Oscar Nunez, and Griffin Newman. Alan Menken and Stephen Scwhartz reprised their roles as the film’s songwriters and composer, respectively.