Tim Burton has bowed out of a live-action Disney production of Sleeping Beauty, titled Maleficent, that he was slated to direct, after bringing the studio a massive (yet critically slammed) hit with Alice in Wonderland. Disney's charging ahead anyway, with Angelina Jolie slated to play the titular villainous queen. But don't think that Burton has gotten tired of reimagining things in a putatively dark yet still commercially viable way. While it's fun to imagine him directing a raunchy sex comedy or understated character study, his next project is actually an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's at least slated to star Josh Brolin instead of Johnny Depp, although Depp would make a very pretty hunchback. If that falls through, Burton also has these five projects to work on.

Commentarium (17 Comments)

May 18 11 - 9:59am

But will it be a darkly quirky adaptation of the Disney version of Hunchback? And will they have George Costanza as the voice of one of the gargoyles again?

May 18 11 - 3:47pm

Oh. Brother.

May 18 11 - 4:30pm

Maleficent - Final Scene: A long line of trucks moves thru the New Mexico night. Each truck drives up to a massive hole and dumps it's cargo in.
Driver: "What do we do now boss?'
Boss: "We go back and get the Blurays!"

Jun 26 11 - 2:11am

Yes, because all the Disney movies need is pale makeup, a stripe motif, and some Danny Elfman music. I wish he'd do Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard book, that would be a good fit.