Disney Finds New Enchanted Director

Daily Variety reports that Kevin Lima, director of Disney’s Tarzan and 102 Dalmatians, has been tapped to helm Enchanted, a romantic fable that will combine live-action and CG animation. Earlier reports had Bringing Down the House director Adam Shankman attached to direct the long-in-development project.

Enchanted centers on Giselle, a fairytale princess banished from the cartoon kingdom of Andalasia to find herself a flesh-and-blood person in the Big Apple. The script has been in the hands of several writers, including Toy Story 2 scribe Rita Hsiao and Antz writer Todd Alcott. Bill Kelly, who wrote the initial screenplay, has reportedly been brought back on to do another draft.

Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, The Tick), who acquired the property through their company, Sonnenfeld Josephson, will serve as producers. Overseeing for Disney are Jason Reed and Nina Jacobson and execs Doug Short and Jill Morris.

Disney is set to begin casting and intends to start filming in New York this September.