Over a year ago we heard that Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie were loosely attached to Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action take on the wicked fairy godmother who cast the original spell on Sleeping Beauty. Burton never officially signed on, but he got his Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the script.
After a year with little news on the project Heat Vision now reports that Burton has moved on and is no longer directing, but with Angelina Jolie still interested Disney are in search of a new director.
One of the names that has apparently surfaced in the early search is David Yates, director of the past four Harry Potter movies including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which looks nothing short of epic. Yates would be a great choice, but after spending the last 6 years in the fantasy genre he may want to do something different before diving back into magic and dragons.
If a director is found it could still be a year or two before it actually gets made as Jolie and Sony are currently searching for a director to helm Cleopatra, with David Fincher being a possible candidate.