Helmer O’Haver gets ‘Enchanted’

'Blonde' scribes also working on M'max's medieval fantasy

Tommy O’Haver (“Get Over It”) has been tapped to helm Miramax’s upcoming romantic comedy “Ella Enchanted,” based on the Newberry Award winning book by Gail Carson Levine.

Set in a medieval fantasy world with contemporary elements, pic centers on a young woman named Ella of Frell who is given the gift of obedience from a fairy, which causes her to follow all orders given to her. When Ella realizes that the gift is actually a curse, she sets about breaking it before she loses the love of her life Prince Charmant.

Lensing is tentatively skedded for January.

As part of her overall deal with Miramax, Jane Startz (“The Mighty”) and her Jane Startz Prods. will produce the pic with Susan Miller of Momentum Partners. Budget which will mostly likely be between $30 and $40 million.

Miramax exec veep of production and development Julie Goldstein, senior production veep Jill Messick and development veep Michelle Raimo will oversee the project for the studio, reporting to co-prexy of production Meryl Poster.

Going over script

O’Haver, who is repped by WMA and Todd Harris, is working on a script with scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, the duo who penned the screenplay for MGM’s “Legally Blonde.” No thesp talent has been attached.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with Miramax again to create an anachronistic and funny fantasy world with elements like benefit dinners for victims from the Bubonic plague and retirement homes for fairies,” O’Haver told Daily Variety.

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