Fairy-tale ending at MGM for three scribes


MGM hopes to laugh happily ever after.

The studio has acquired the original comedy screenplay "Once Upon a Time …," written by Charles Vignola, Kevin Marcus and Bradley Marcus.

Darryl Taja, who manages Vignola, will produce through his Epidemic Pictures. Vignola will exec produce.

Executive vp production Cale Boyter will oversee the project for MGM.

"Once's" humorous quest story plays with fairy-tale convention in the vein of the "Shrek" movies and "The Princess Bride."

Epidemic recently produced "New in Town."

Vignola has sold projects to Spyglass Entertainment and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, where he used to work.

This is the first sale for Kevin and Bradley Marcus, who are repped by the Bohrman Agency. The brothers write and produce the annual Saturn Awards ceremony. (partialdiff)