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Mark Romanek, who was slated to direct Disney’s live-action Cinderella, has left the project over a difference of opinion on how to tell the story.
The Never Let Me Go director had been looking to make a darker film, which would have made it impossible for the happy, fairy tale ending that Disney was hoping for, notes Deadline. This is the second time Romanek has departed a big-budget studio picture. He left The Wolfman over similar concerns, since he was looking for a darker theme than what the studio wanted.
Disney later confirmed Romanek’s departure, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney’s Cinderella project,” a statement from the studio read. “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.”
Cinderella was written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna. Disney is still looking for a young actress to play the title role, but they already found their evil stepmother. Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett was attached to the project in November.
Cinderella has been in the works at Disney since May 2010, following the worldwide success of Alice In Wonderland. The studio had hoped to start making new, live-action versions of its classic animated films and is also working on Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, a new version of Sleeping Beauty.
The animated version of Cinderella was released in 1950.