According to Ain’t It Cool News it seems Tim Burton might be continuing his collaboration with Disney in a remake of Sleeping Beauty. Its title is rumored to be Maleficent. Maleficent was the evil fairy in the Disney classic that cast a spell on Princess Aurora causing her to sleep until rescued by Prince Charming. Although this is all still just a rumor, it seems to be right up Burton’s alley. Sleeping Beauty will be similar in style to that of Alice in Wonderland and will then focus on Maleficent.
It’s likely that Burton will employ many of his same cast, girlfriend Helen Bonham Carter and good friend Johnny Depp, but maybe he’ll surprise us and actually go outside of his seeming comfort zone for another film. The other not so exciting part of this film is that it seems very reminiscent of another fairy tale that has been redone with a modern feel while focusing on the evil character. The novel and musical Wicked. Wicked is the alternate tale of the Wizard of Oz in which the main character is the Wicked Witch of the West.
It was believed Burton was going to do a film adaptation of the 1960’s Gothic television show Dark Shadows after Alice in Wonderland, but that film is a long way from ready to shoot and so Sleeping Beauty could be the next film he does.