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An ‘Enchanted’ fellow

Lima to direct new Disney live-action/CG-animated pic

Disney has tapped “102 Dalmatians” helmer Kevin Lima for romantic fable “Enchanted,” a mixed live-action and CG-animated feature.

Lima also directed the animated “Tarzan” for the studio.

Barry Josephson and his Sonnenfeld Josephson shingle bought “Enchanted” in 1997 and remains on board as producer. Chris Chase and Sunil Perkash are exec producers. Doug Short and Jill Morris are the Disney execs on the project, overseen by Jason Reed and Nina Jacobson.

“Enchanted” is about a wannabe-princess who’s banished from the animated world of Andalasia to a place where there is no true love: real-life New York. There she has to rescue herself and find her true love.

Bill Kelly, who wrote the original spec script, is back on the project, which has undergone multiple rewrites over the past seven years. He will ready the script for a hoped-for September start. Pic will shoot in New York.

Casting is soon to begin on three major roles: Princess Giselle, her New York lover and the evil Queen who banishes her.

Josephson pointed to Lima’s experience on “102 Dalmatians” as essential for the project. “Having done a movie that used CG and live-action, he understands how to integrate the animation in this movie into the live action incredibly well,” he said.

Lima’s “Tarzan” and “102 Dalmatians” were both hits for the Mouse House. The Ape-Man’s toon turn grossed $449 million worldwide and spawned direct-to-video sequels and a planned Broadway musical.

“102 Dalmatians” grossed $183 million, doing more business internationally than domestically.

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