Back in January there was talk that Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton was interested in taking on another classic Disney character for his next feature project. In this case, we’re referring to Maleficent, the villainess in the tale of Sleeping Beauty. It turns out that the speculation was partially true as someone from his Alice camp has taken on the project, screenwriter Linda Woolverton.

According to THR, Woolverton has been confirmed to pen a live action adaptation based on the evil queen featured in the 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty. Tim Burton has yet to officially state whether or not he will direct the film, because he’s currently circling several projects including The Addams Family and Dark Shadows. Woolverton’s hiring is the first solid step in the right direction to bring Maleficent’s story to the big screen.

We’re not sure how dark or weird the film will go, but I’m assuming it will be in the same vein as Alice in Wonderland. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Alice, I am interested in seeing Maleficent’s story being told. She’s one of the most interesting villains in the Disney universe and she can definitely carry a film all by herself without the help of a blond damsel in distress.

What do you think about Alice in Wonderland’s screenwriter adapting Maleficent?