Since Tim Burton decided against directing Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action take on the wicked fairy godmother who cast the original spell on Sleeping Beauty, a number of potential directors have mentioned as a replacement.
First there was Harry Potter director David Yates, then Darren Aronofsky, and last week The Fighter director David O. Russell was said to be circling the project. However one director Disney hasn’t approached, who “would love to” direct, is Guillermo del Toro.
From Hero Complex:
“Let me put it this way, if they ask I’ll take the meeting,” Del Toro said, speaking by phone from Toronto. “I think Maleficent’s dragon is the only design with the wings separate from the front legs, the only time that design has ever worked. And let me tell you how much of a fan I am. I have a collection of over two or three dozen Maleficent figures, some of them four or five feet tall. I own about 10 pieces of conceptual art from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ that include the dragon and a lot more pieces that are just from ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ It’s one of my three favorite Disney films. I would love to. But I don’t want to put too many hopes on it. They’re probably on a fast track and I cannot take any more projects on a fast track. “
del Toro was close to making a movie featuring a dragon when he was attached to direct The Hobbit, but as we know that wasn’t meant to be. The director is currently working on his epic monster movie Pacific Rim which has already entered pre-production, and is aiming to begin principal photography later this year for a summer 2013 release.
If Disney wanted del Toro (why wouldn’t they?) Maleficent would be unlikely to move forward until 2013, so the chances are the studio will find a director who isn’t booked up for the next two years. It’s a shame though, as Guillermo del Toro’s take on Maleficent would definitely be worth the wait.