Apparently it’s Disney’s day to attach directors to their projects. Just after the Mouse House filled the director’s chair on their Matterhorn movie, Deadline reports that Disney has finally settled on Robert Stromberg to helm Maleficent. The revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale has been gestating for some time now with Angelina Jolie attached to star, but it now looks as though things are finally moving forward. Though Maleficent will act as Stromberg’s feature directorial debut, he’s no stranger to big-budget Hollywood movies. He’s served as production designer on films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland (he won the Academy Award for Art Direction on both films), and he’s most recently been working on Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Hit the jump for more, including how soon production on Maleficent could begin.
In addition to his work as a production designer, Stromberg has worked in the visual effects department on everything from There Will Be Blood to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Tim Burton was previously attached to the fairy tale pic, but subsequently dropped out. Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell were rumored as replacements, but it appears the studio has settled on Stromberg. At the very least, we now know that Maleficent will look fantastic.
It’s unknown has soon production will begin, but one would assume that Stromberg wants to ensure that the script is to his liking before moving forward. Jolie is next set to film an untitled thriller with Luc Besson this spring, and she’s also set to star in a Gertrude Bell biopic for director Ridley Scott and the Cleopatra epic that David Fincher is circling.