Tim Burton decides to spare us a Sleeping Beauty adaptation; Disney will not

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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.