Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland continues to rake it fat stacks of cash, so it’s only natural that the film’s screenwriter Linda Woolverton would once again team with Disney. This time, the classic tale is that of Sleeping Beauty, or rather, the 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty‘s villain, the evil queen Maleficent. The plan is to make a live-action adaptation where the Sleeping Beauty story would be told from Maleficent’s perspective. Heat Vision explains that it would be “offering a new take on a classic tale as she did with Lewis Carrol’s Alice.” I take that to mean the original tale is good where as her new take would be bad.
As much as I ragged on Burton’s creative stagnation in my review, I feel that the larger culprit was Woolverton’s script and crafting Alice as a borderline inert protagonist who’s shepherded by various characters for stakes she doesn’t even think are real for most of the movie. Granted, Woolverton also wrote better Disney films like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. And if in doubt on this project, she can look over to Wicked, which is also a classic tale told from the villain’s perspective.
As for whether Tim Burton will reunite with Woolverton, Heat Vision confirms Aint It Cool’s report from January that it’s one of the projects the director is circling.
For more details on the character Maleficent, hit the jump.