This March, Tim Burton will premiere his version of the children’s tale Alice in Wonderland, which will be a mixture of animation, live action, and 3-D technology. Now, there’s speculation that he’ll take on another classic that’s been previously adapted by Disney, Sleeping Beauty. But this won’t be your typical take on the story, it will be told from another character’s point of view.
According to Harry over at AICN, Burton has his eye on a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that would tell the story from the perspective of Maleficent. She’s the “Mistress of Evil” and the main antagonist in the 1959 Disney version of the tale. Her character is the one who curses Princess Aurora to “prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die.” A lot of people think the chick from Snow White was a witch, but she’s got nothing on Maleficent.
Burton’s version is said to be along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, with the mixture of live action and animation. It would be great to see him go through the entire Disney catalog, but I’m not 100 percent behind this story. After doing Alice, why would he want to go back and do another adaption of a children’s story? Wouldn’t he at least want a break in between projects?
I’m looking forward to his Dark Shadows adaptation more than anything. Hopefully that’s where his focus will be for the next year or so.
Do you think Burton should do a Sleeping Beauty adaptation? Should he take a break from children’s stories?