June 11, 2006

Lionsgate living “Happily” with animated satire

By Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lionsgate has acquired
U.S. and Canadian rights to the computer-animated storybook
parody "Happily N'Ever After," featuring the voice talents of
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sigourney Weaver, Freddie Prinze Jr.,
George Carlin, Wallace Shawn and Andy Dick.

Directed by Paul J. Bolger from a screenplay by Robert
Moreland, the film is a satirical retelling of the classic
Cinderella story and is set in Fairy Tale Land, where the
age-old balance between good and evil has been thrown out of

Led by Cinderella's (aka Ella) power-mad stepmother, an
unholy alliance of bad guys takes on the good guys. When Ella
sees her own fairy tale take a radical turn, she sheds her
damsel-in-distress trappings to lead the resistance.

Lionsgate is eyeing the first quarter as a release date.

The film was produced by John H. Williams ("Shrek"), BAF
Berlin Animation Film and BFC Berliner Film Companie.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter