Disney Interested in Director Mark Romanek for the New 'Cinderella'
by Alex Billington
August 12, 2011
So this is love. Interesting news to report on, as Deadline is saying that Disney is pursuing director Mark Romanek, of One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, for their new upcoming Cinderella project. We first heard about this revised on Cinderella last year, when Disney paid over a million to buy writer Aline Brosh McKenna's (of Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses) Cinderella pitch, a live-action re-imagining of that classic fairy tale. Romanek has no deal yet, of course, but they say he is "moving toward one and the picture is a priority for the studio." Choosing him might seem odd at first, but I'm all for it, Romanek is a great director.
The execs at Walt Disney seem intent on re-imagining and bringing back as many of their classic characters as possible, with all kinds of Snow White movies in the works, and Jon Favreau's Magic Kingdom. I had the chance to interview Romanek for Never Let Me Go late last year, and he spoke about how marrying his wife and having a child changed his life, and I'm sure that has opened him up to spending time on a movie like Cinderella for Disney. I'm happy to see Romanek being considered for such a large project as well, as I think he's a very talented filmmaker and it should be interesting to his re-imagined take, specifically, of a classic Disney princess. Plus, I'm just intrigued to see how this version is different anyway. We'll keep you updated!
Since it's Romanek, I have to say that I'm looking forward to watching Cindy wander around some architecturally striking locations, have desultory conversations with steely-eyed euros, before finally throwing herself from the top of a 16th century bell-tower, while Joy Division's 'Transmission' plays softly in the background.
Lebowski on Aug 13, 2011
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