'Once Upon a Time' a helmer was hired

Mike Mitchell will direct the live-action fantasy feature

Mike Mitchell has been hired to direct the MGM fantasy-adventure "Once Upon a Time."

The live-action feature fiddles with fairy-tale conventions the way the "Shrek" movies and "Enchanted" did. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty must join together to go in search of their missing husbands, the Charming Brothers, and save the kingdom in the process.

MGM picked up the original screenplay written by Jerry Bruckheimer Films exec Charles Vignola and tyro scribes Kevin Marcus and Bradley Marcus in March.

Vignola's manager Darryl Taja is attached to produce through his Epidemic Pictures ("New in Town"). Vignola will exec produce. MGM execs Cale Boyter and Pam Silverstein are overseeing for the studio.

The CAA-repped Mitchell has directed "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," "Surviving Christmas" and "Sky High" and worked on DreamWorks Animation films such as "Kung Fu Panda," "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Shrek the Third."

He is now directing "Shrek Forever After," the fourth installment of the "Shrek" franchise that DWA will release in May.
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