Tim Burton To Tackle Sleeping Beauty?

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maleficent Tim Burton To Tackle Sleeping Beauty?

It seems that former Disney animator Tim Burton is making the Mouse House his second home as Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Burton is planning to turn his attention to an alternate interpretation of Sleeping Beauty, entitled Maleficent, after he wraps Alice In Wonderland.

It  was believed that Burton would be making a film adaptation of 1960′s Gothic television show Dark Shadows next, but the film is apparently far from ready to shoot, and now Harry Knowles states that he’s heard a “whisper” that Burton will be putting a modern spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale by having the film focus on the villain, Maleficent, shot in a “quasi live actiony kinda way” much like Alice In Wonderland.

Maleficent was the evil fairy in the original Disney classic who casts a spell on Princess Aurora, causing her to sleep until she is kissed by her handsome Prince Charming.

Now, this news is far from concrete and you can only imagine that Burton might employ girlfriend Helena Bonham Carter to play the role of Maleficent and that Johnny Depp will make an appearance at some point – surely he’s too old to play Prince Charming?


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While the film does sound like it’s right up Burton’s darkened street, the concept does seem, dare I say it – a little uninspired. At first glance, the limited information that Harry Knowles gave makes Maleficent sound too similar to the novel and musical Wicked, which is an alternate telling of the life and times of the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.

If Burton does indeed go ahead with this film, I hope that he changes things cast-wise from his last few films. While I do enjoy his collaborations with Johnny Depp, I’m at the point where I feel that his casting has now become slightly lazy (never thought I’d ever say that!). Maybe he could give old sparring partner Michael Keaton a call. I also feel that in recent years Burton’s films have been off the boil a bit. In my opinion, the only great film that he’s made since Mars Attacks has been Big Fish, and the less said about Planet of The Apes the better!

More on Maleficent and other Tim Burton films as we get it it.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. I think Depp should be cast as the female lead. Many say he's Beautiful and I'm sure he's good at sleeping.

  2. haha, that made my day! I personally wouldn't mind to see him as Prince Charming …Helena Bonhman Carter might be ok as Maleficent, but it looks kinda odd to me, Idk.
    After all, it's just speculations for now :)

  3. I think this is a great news haha but of course Tim Burton does no wrong in my eyes (I mean I AM twistedburton!) So I think this is great news. Maybe he should get someone else other than Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, but I'm fans of the two of them too. Either way he wants to do it I will fully support it.

  4. On quick read, I saw 'Tim Burton' and 'sleeping' in the same sentence and my mind filled in Sleepy Hallow. Now, that seems like a film remake right up Burton's alley.

  5. I think he should go outside and get a new leading man/lady/villian. I would love that idea with him behind it, but get a new cast and I will be very happy.

  6. tim burton did do “sleepy hallow” so you want him to reboot his own film???? hmmmm you might have something there !!!

  7. I think we will see more movies during this decade about disney's various fairytales (such as snow white, repunzel, etc. etc.) Thanks to the guinea-pig known as Avatar, movies that require large amounts of special effects have been given the greenlight.

    I'm not sure if i like Carter to play Maleficent. I think Burton merily chose her because of her role in NBC's Merlin some years ago, where she played a wickedesque character. Frankly, I think the picture of her above is from that very show, if I am not mistaken.

  8. The man needs to be stopped. Period. End of discussion.

    *high five* EngraverKev

  9. Please stop, for the love of God, STOP! This man [Burton] keeps dipping from the same well way too much. Please, will someone think of the children?!

  10. i wish tim burton would go away and just spend his money.

  11. i wish tim burton would go away and just spend his money.

  12. I LOVE the idea. Tim Burton makes the best movies of all time. I wouldnt mind if he uses Johnny Depp and Helena, they can act!.. i love them. i honestly dont think anyone can do a better job than them. I would love to see someone try.

    I would love if johnny depp plays the role of prince charming.. he's freaken hot! and helena would do an awesome job as Maleficent! Tim Burton+Johnny Depp+Helena= Best combination ever!