Gothic maestro Tim Burton as director of a live-action 'Sleeping Beauty' that's told from the point of the view of the evil Maleficent? Now there was a creative marriage we could get behind.
Sadly, Burton left the project and the latest director mentioned to take over is ... David O. Russell? Fairy tales plus the gritty realism of 'The Fighter' doesn't exactly sound like a match made in heaven.
Despite the director shuffle, Angelina Jolie presumably remains on board as the magnificently evil fairy Maleficent, who, in the classic Disney version, plots little Princess Aurora's doom, puts Prince Philip in chains and transforms into a scary, fire-breathing dragon. In other words, she's one of the greatest Disney villains of all time.
Other directors are also said to be "in the mix" to direct the film, which sounds like the retelling of a similarly green-skinned villain, the Wicked Witch in 'Wicked.'
Who would you like to see take the director's chair on this one? Guillermo Del Toro? Alfonso Cuaron? David Fincher? Spike Jonze? You tell us.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]