Disney Buzz: Pirates 4 Shooting This Summer, Burton's Next?
A couple of buzzworthy stories relating to a few Disney projects to point out today. First up, ComingSoon has a press release from the governor of Hawaii announcing that Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be shooting on the islands of Kaua'i and O'ahu this summer. They don't say when exactly it'll start shooting, only "this summer", but does this mean Disney and Johnny Depp worked things out and are moving ahead as planned? Please don't tell me they're replacing him like Tobey Maguire. No other details were revealed in the press release. Next up: Rumors about Tim Burton's next Disney project.
This next story is only a rumor for now - especially because this is the first time we've heard about it. Harry at Ain't It Cool News says he's "heard" that Tim Burton may be taking on Sleeping Beauty next. But it won't be a straight remake, apparently his semi-live-action version (like Alice on Wonderland) will be told from the point of view of Maleficent, the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" who curses Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her 16th birthday. In fact, it may even be called simply Maleficent. Another crazy Tim Burton half-CGI Disney remake/reboot from the point of view of the evil witch? I'm going to wait until after I see Alice before I make a call on that.
There's also an interesting crossover between these stories. Tim Burton has confirmed numerous times that he will be shooting Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp this year. He either better start shooting in March as soon as Alice in Wonderland is out or they're not going to be able to fit it in this year. Because according to this news today, Pirates 4 is shooting (probably) for most of the second half of 2010. So Dark Shadows will have to shoot before or after. Depp definitely has a full "dance card" and I'm curious to see what happens. Obviously Pirates is moving forward, maybe Dark Shadows is delayed until after this Maleficent project?