Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News (if you don’t know who he is…you should) reports, from a source of his, that Tim Burton is developing a take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, told through the viewpoint of villain Maleficent.
While I love a good old twisted fairytale (PC game American McGee’s Alice being the finest example), I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this… It’s a good concept, and has potential, but I don’t know that Tim Burton is the man to execute it. I love a few of his films (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands), but the majority of his efforts greatly favour style over substance, and even his uniquely gothic aesthetic seems to be getting a bit tired.
Personally, I don’t think Alice in Wonderland looks terribly original/exciting, but I’ll withhold judgement till I’ve seen it – I hope Maleficent goes for a much darker approach. I also hope Burton doesn’t feel the need to cast Helena Bonham Carter in the lead role…I don’t dislike her as an actress, but I hated the inevitability of her portraying the Red Queen in Alice (you don’t always have to give roles to your partner, Tim). Still…I’ll try not to knock it till I’ve tried it. Maleficent that is. Not Bonham Carter.
A more interesting dark fairytale: Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) producing a stop-motion Pinocchio. Eventually. Yes please.