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Kenneth Branagh to take over directing Disney's live action Cinderella from Mark Romanek

Jan. 31, 2013by: Alex Maidy

From Asgard to glass slippers, Kenneth Branagh is certainly becoming more and more of a commercial studio director. After THOR, Branagh got the job directing this year's Tom Clancy reboot, JACK RYAN with Chris Pine. After that, his next project appears to be Disney's live action remake of CINDERELLA.

Vulture reports that Mark Romanek (NEVER LET ME GO) has left the project three weeks ago which has opened the door for Branagh. Cate Blanchett is still attached to star as the Wicked Stepmother. No word on whether the film will follow the animated classic or create a new version, much like Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND and upcoming MALEFICENT. CINDERELLA has been in development since 2011 with the involvement of writers Simon Kinsberg, Aline Brosh McKenna, and Chris Weitz. Weitz's most recent draft of the screenplay seems to be the winner at this point.

I don't know why, but this sounds like a perfect directing choice for the material. Branagh's work on his Shakespeare films HAMLET and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING seems like it would be a perfect fit for the romantic world of the fairy tale. CINDERELLA does not feature much supernatural elements aside from the fairy godmothers, but Disney can make anything happen at this point.

Disney is still aiming for a 2014 release, so expect casting news soon!

Source: Vulture

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1:57PM on 02/01/2013

WOW

What is wrong with this Romanek bloke , why does he keep getting hired onto projects and leaving them abruptly on a regular basis. He's not that great of a director his music videos are good but his feature works been nothing to brag about.
What is wrong with this Romanek bloke , why does he keep getting hired onto projects and leaving them abruptly on a regular basis. He's not that great of a director his music videos are good but his feature works been nothing to brag about.
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10:57PM on 01/31/2013
Well that last version, Ever After, was a more realistic take on the story, so I would think this would be more fantasy oriented.
Well that last version, Ever After, was a more realistic take on the story, so I would think this would be more fantasy oriented.
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10:23PM on 01/31/2013
Does Romanek stay attached to anything these days? He's left SOOOO many projects!
Does Romanek stay attached to anything these days? He's left SOOOO many projects!
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10:21PM on 01/31/2013
Mark Romanek can't seem to end up directing a (studio) project he was attached to. Still, this sounds intriguing...
Mark Romanek can't seem to end up directing a (studio) project he was attached to. Still, this sounds intriguing...
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9:03PM on 01/31/2013
There's gonna be a live-action Cinderella? Directed by Kenneth Branagh? And starring Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother? That sounds like it could be good. They'd better cast someone talented as Cinderella....we don't want a repeat of either Snow White and the Huntsman or Mirror Mirror.
There's gonna be a live-action Cinderella? Directed by Kenneth Branagh? And starring Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother? That sounds like it could be good. They'd better cast someone talented as Cinderella....we don't want a repeat of either Snow White and the Huntsman or Mirror Mirror.
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