'Shrek' director to tackle live-action fantasy

MGM has tapped Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) to direct its live-action fantasy “Once Upon a Time,” with Darryl Taja producing.

Script by Charlie Vignola, Kevin Marcus and Bradley Marcus has Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty married to their handsome princes, the Charming brothers, and planning to live happily ever after — only to see their spouses go missing. The sisters-in-law set out to save their husbands and the fairy tale kingdom.

An MGM rep said the studio does not have to license Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty from the Walt Disney Co. because the characters are in the public domain.

Mitchell’s other credits include “Sky High” and “Surviving Christmas.” He’s repped by CAA.

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