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Burton to direct Sleeping Beauty tale for Disney?

01.19.2010

This is perhaps some of the coolest news in a while (and apropos consider it's source). Ain't It Cool News is reporting that Tim Burton is developing a SLEEPING BEAUTY adaptation for Disney that will be told from the point of view of villainess Maleficent (and the working title for the project is, in fact, MALEFICENT). The film would take a look story from Maleficent's eyes kind of how the way WICKED told WIZARD OF OZ from the vantage point of the Wicked Witch.

It's unclear if Burton would actually direct the film but it certainly looks good for him to step behind the camera. As AICN mentions, the project is being developed in a "quasi Live Actiony kinda way," and while I'm not exactly sure what that means, I'm wondering if it's a style similar to what Burton did with ALICE IN WONDERLAND (a film I'm hearing Disney is very, very happy with).

The obvious question that arises is what would (or HAS) happened with DARK SHADOWS, a movie that was expected to be Burton's next and most recent teaming with Johnny Depp. Harry Knowles adds that he's heard SHADOWS has been "stumbling" and that may give this MALEFICENT project the advantage.

Extra Tidbit: Slashfilm adds an interesting tidbit first reported by Jim Hill Media - maleficentmovie.com was registered by Disney last year...

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11:20PM on 01/19/2010

PLEASE NO!

This doesn't sound like something Burton would want to direct and I hope he doesn't! he should do the Wizard of Oz remake.
This doesn't sound like something Burton would want to direct and I hope he doesn't! he should do the Wizard of Oz remake.
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11:00PM on 01/19/2010
We need a new Burton creation.. not another fucking adaptation. Is he just lazy now or what?
We need a new Burton creation.. not another fucking adaptation. Is he just lazy now or what?
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8:12PM on 01/19/2010
I'd really love to see Burton try to make a film anywhere near as good as Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood. This unfortunately will definitely not be it.
I'd really love to see Burton try to make a film anywhere near as good as Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood. This unfortunately will definitely not be it.
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8:00PM on 01/19/2010
Screw Tim Burton! He has made some excellent movies, but is he even trying anymore?
Screw Tim Burton! He has made some excellent movies, but is he even trying anymore?
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4:58PM on 01/19/2010
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to use the word apropos
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to use the word apropos
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3:18PM on 01/19/2010
The guy really needs to stop with these damn adaptions.
The guy really needs to stop with these damn adaptions.
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1:45PM on 01/19/2010
Alice in Wond. looks like complete shit!! Do something original, plz?
Alice in Wond. looks like complete shit!! Do something original, plz?
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8:01PM on 01/19/2010
I wholeheartedly concur!
I wholeheartedly concur!
1:27PM on 01/19/2010
Sounds like a nice idea. I actually don't mind him casting his woman and his best buddy in every film. What I can't forgive is the inclusion of Fall Out Boy and Avril Lavigne in the Alice soundtrack. Burton has failed as a goth.
Sounds like a nice idea. I actually don't mind him casting his woman and his best buddy in every film. What I can't forgive is the inclusion of Fall Out Boy and Avril Lavigne in the Alice soundtrack. Burton has failed as a goth.
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1:03PM on 01/19/2010
I think it's safe to assume that Johnny Depp will play Sleeping Beauty.
I think it's safe to assume that Johnny Depp will play Sleeping Beauty.
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12:22PM on 01/19/2010
I see Helena Bonham Carter as Maleficent... regardless of whether or not she would be the best for the role.
I see Helena Bonham Carter as Maleficent... regardless of whether or not she would be the best for the role.
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10:57AM on 01/19/2010

Dear Mr. Burton...

No more adaptations plz.
No more adaptations plz.
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9:53AM on 01/19/2010
cool. i'm sure he'll think of something for depp and what's-her-face to play
cool. i'm sure he'll think of something for depp and what's-her-face to play
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9:50AM on 01/19/2010
So who will Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play in this one?
So who will Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play in this one?
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11:18AM on 01/19/2010
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
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