The Mouse has a lot of planned adaptations of its animated material...
But the live-action version it's retelling of "Cinderella" has lost the director. Mark Romanek has left the film over "creative difference" it has been revealed. It appears that those differences are the darkness of his vision to the tale of the girl with a lot of fairy connections. As announced by Disney itself via the news breaking on Deadline:
The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney’s Cinderella project. We are committed to moving the project forward and have begun the search for a new director. The team here at Disney respects Mark as both a director and a friend, and we hope to find something to work on together in the future.
Apparently the hunt is already on for a director to take his replace. The script by Chris Weitz and Aleen Brosh McKenna, with Cate Blanchett portraying the wicked stepmother. A number of Hollywood starletts are still up for the starring role of the girl that just wants to go party. With
Saoirse Ronan the leading contender. It's doubtful that a lead will be chosen before a new director is hired. The film is supposed to start production in the summer so time is short before the clock strikes midnight.
This is one of many live-action adaptations that Walt Disney Pictures has in various stages of development, most visibly the Sleeping Beauty reinterpretation: "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie. More an more films appear to be coming from within the fairy tales that Disney has made, as well as a growing number of films and television projects based on theme park attractions. The most prominant being the "Haunted Mansion" reboot written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, and produced by del Toro (if only he would direct it).
Hopefully that adaptation won't fall into the same development hell that the "Jungle Cruise" got stuck in...