Next Tim Burton Project: Maleficent?

Here’s some interesting news for fans of Tim Burton who can’t wait until his version of Alice in Wonderland hits theaters on March 5. Ain’t It Cool News (aicl.com) is reporting that the imaginative auteur is considering another live-action adaptation of a beloved Disney fairy tale. Harry Knowles believes that Burton is developing a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, told from the perspective of the story’s terrifying villainess, Maleficent.

Burton, who was also said to be developing a features version of TV’s long-time vampire soap Dark Shadows, will be looking at the life of the shunned ‘Mistress of All Evil,’ who developed a long-running hatred for Princess Aurora and her parents after she wasn’t invited to the Royal celebration of the queen’s pregnancy. Considered by many the most interesting character in the 1959 Disney feature, Aurora was animated by Marc Davis and voiced by Eleanor Audley. Is it too early to predict that Burton is envisioning his long-time romantic partner, actress Helena Bonham Carter in the title role?