Tim Burton No Longer Directing Angelina Jolie in Disney's 'Maleficent'
Since as far back as January of 2010, director Tim Burton has been loosely attached to direct Maleficent, a live-action take on Sleeping Beauty that would tell the fairytale story from the point of view of the evil witch who threatens the princess' life. Writer Linda Woolverton, who collaborated with Burton on Disney's new live-action take on Alice in Wonderland was also brought on board to write the script with Angelina Jolie lined up to play the titular evil queen. However, Heat Vision reports that Burton has decided that he will not sit in the director's chair for the movie, and the search is on for someone else to direct it now.
Disney's new spin on the tale gives a name to the evil queen who can transform into a dragon, so it's no coincidence that director David Yates, the director of the final four films in the Harry Potter franchise, is being talked about to potentially helm the fantastical tale. However, he's only one of the names that has surfaced, and there's surely a whole list of name directors being talked about for the gestating Disney project. The film would be yet another alternate take on a classic fairytale, and with the competition heating up between the two rival Snow White projects, it's clear that these stories are still all the rage in Hollywood right now. Who do you think should direct Maleficent?