Hugely entertaining adventure unfolds in the upcoming sequel (now entitled) “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” which stars funny man Ben Stiller as he reprises his role as Larry Daley which is directed by Shawn Levy (“Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Night at the Museum 1”).
This time, the stakes are higher as Daley (Stiller) is once again embroiled in an astonishing adventure with a host of enthralling historical figures who have come to life. In the sequel, Daley is no longer working the night shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. He is now a successful entrepreneur and has left the world of presidents, dinosaurs, cowboys and Neanderthals behind him. But he has lost his way, something is missing from his life and he finds himself returning to the familiar personalities he befriended from ancient and modern history.
The action takes place in Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institute, where the former museum security guard falls for aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) and joins together his old pal, the miniature cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and others including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and Albert Einstein (Eugene Levy) to defeat a group of notorious villains who are plotting a dastardly takeover of the museum.
Director Levy recounts how “Night at the Museum” changed his career and how they doubled the fun and adventure in the sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” in the following Q&A:
Q: Have you expected that “Night at the Museum” will be such a worldwide hit?
A: “We knew while we were filming the first Night at the Museum that we were onto something, but no one anticipated the film would be embraced the way it was by audiences worldwide. We had a feeling it was going to do something, but you don’t expect like $585 million. It certainly changed my career – and it’s been really fun.”
Q: Where is the storyline of the sequel based this time?
A: “Screenwriters Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon are expanding on what made the first film such a success. “We start by going to the Smithsonian, which is the biggest museum in the world. And it involves aircrafts and various historical figures. It has 18 museums and I’ll just say that in this movie, they leave the museum. So it’s not just inside; they bust out into the world. The scale of the visuals is very different. But what is more important is that we have a great story, great characters and genius actors.
Q: How did you reinvent the adventure shooting in the Smithsonian?
A: “The script is better, the cast is bigger, the action’s bigger, so we’re feeling pretty good. I’m here telling you, I don’t think anyone’s going to be disappointed. “Everybody…literally everybody is back. And we got Amy Adams playing Amelia Earhart. We got a number of other really cool pieces of casting, so it’s all good.”
Q: How is it working with Ben Stiller again?
A: “Ben Stiller has a brilliant comedic mind and there is a level of trust and comfort between us now that works really well.
Following success on television with efforts for The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, Levy has eased into a filmmaker with youthful vigor and a penchant for lightweight, family-friendly comedies. Included in his roster of age-defining television works are “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” “The Journey of Allen Strange and The Famous Jett Jackson” (which the highest-rated movie to that point for The Disney Channel). He then stepped into the big leagues with the feature “Big Fat Liar,” “Just Married,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.”
24/7 fun and adventure for the whole family when “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” opens on May 21 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.