Disney's Maleficent Gets a Writer, Tim Burton Still Interested
Disney has stayed on top of the box office three weeks in a row with Tim Burton's twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. Back in January, it seemed like Burton might not be done with Disney properties yet, as we heard that the gothic filmmaker was interested in Maleficent, live-action take on the evil queen in the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. But with recent announcements of his involvement on Frankenweenie and The Addams Family, it seemed like it was only a flight of fancy. However Heat Vision reports Burton is still circling the project and Disney has brought Wonderland writer Linda Woolverton to script it. Read on!
Apparently Burton's involvement is only potential at this point as Woolverton's hiring is the first real step forward in the project's development. If you're unfamiliar with Malificent, she's a tall green-skinned woman with horns who can morph into several forms, including a terrifying black and purple dragon. That image combined with the darkness of her villainous ways sounds like something right up Burton's alley, so I really hope Disney is able to bring him on for the project. Though I've complained about his involvement in too many adaptations recently, there's certainly room for a hell of a lot of originality for a story solely about the evil queen. Either way, I'm definitely interested in the future of this particular project. Anyone with me?