Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Left At The Ball...

Not a perfect fit...















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...

6 comments:

Kenneth Elliott said...

Enough of these Peter Jackson -tie-ins.

Pick an unknown.

Anonymous said...

I don't get the Peter Jackson comment???

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the live action remake of Fox and the Hound with Oprah Winfrey starring as Vixie, Stephen Colbert as Todd, and Ron Jeremy as Copper.

Disney Movies Please said...

I'm glad they abandoned the dark vision of Cinderella. I hope one day Disney remakes the live version of Snow White. The recent Julia Roberts version (terrible) and the Kristen Stewart version (much better) were much too dark and didn't seem to reflect the magical intent of the Disney animated classic. Both versions also disproportionately focused on the evil queen. I know Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron are bigger stars than the ones who played Snow White, but it makes for a poor result.

It seems like these elaborate live action fairy tale adaptions are way too much like The Lord of the Rings. Maybe that's why the first comment is talking about Peter Jackson. I will say the animated adaptions like Tangled has went the Broadway route with songs that are way too sophisticated for a young audience. They should try to aim for a younger audience while still keeping the older audience members interested. I hate adult humor in my fairy tales.

Sports Clothing said...

I am highly agreed with the above comment. I like Kristen Stewart version but I believe you can do much better version than that. Whatever happened our loyalty is with you.

Anonymous said...

Tangled is not too sophisticated for young children...

It is my daughters favourite film and she is 2.

She knows the words to 3 of the songs in the film - and tries to sing along to the others as well.