Mark Romanek Departs Live-Action 'Cinderella' After Creative Clashing

January 8, 2013

Mark Romanek / Cinderella

Though last fall brought news of Cate Blanchett taking the role of a wicked step-mother in Disney's new live-action take on Cinderella, the production has hit a bit of a snag. Deadline reports that director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) has walked away from the project after clashing with the studio on how to tell the story. Basically, Romanek is going for a darker telling and Disney thinks it's a little too dark to have a fairytale ending. So now the studio is hunting for a new director to replace him in order to get the film shooting by this summer. But what's going on with casting the titular peasant turned princess?

Apparently the studio has been testing leads since late last year with Hanna star Saoirse Ronan being the only specific named mentioned. Frankly, I'm a bit perturbed by Disney's move to let Romanek go, but this is one of their most beloved properties, so maybe they're right. Audiences will just be left wondering what Romanek's version would have been like. Of course, this isn't the first time this has happened as Romanek left the new take on The Wolfman (which had to be taken over by Joe Johnston) because his vision was too dark, and we all know how that mess turned out. Let's hope Disney made a smart decision. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


I'm curious about how the hell someone can make Cinderella "dark"...

Matt Peloquin on Jan 8, 2013


The story Cinderella was dark to begin with. It involved self-mutilation and birds pecking eyes out. Disney didn't write Cinderella, it was an adaptation that was made to be suitable for children.

MagGray on Apr 3, 2013


One of the lines from the original is "There's blood within the shoe! Your true bride rides not with you!"

cindel on Jan 22, 2014


Done with dark retellings of fairy tales. It is no longer creative.

Steve on Jan 8, 2013


dark retelling oh dear Disney brainwashed you didn't they,did you know the ending of my little mermaid she commits suicide and doesn't end up with the prince these so called dark retelling you call them are just more respectful to the material that Disney bastardized

hg on Jan 8, 2013


Cinderella is a crap story anyway, some aspirational rubbish. Her live was probably more miserable with the Prince. Game of Thrones tells a better fairytale.

Carpola on Jan 8, 2013


props to mark romanek for not getting on his knees...

matti.damon on Jan 8, 2013

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