Here’s some news that’s a little less than surprising. Mark Romanek, known for his dark, disturbing visions both as music video director (Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Fiona Apple’s “Criminal, and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”) and a film director (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) has been forced to bail on directing a live-action update of Cinderella for Disney because the Mickey Mouse folks found his vision a little too dark. Big surprise there—the only thing really surprising is that anyone thought a union between Romanek and Disney would work out at all.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, was set to begin filming this summer. However, according to Deadline (via /Film), Romanek’s “darker take on the material wasn’t in line with Disney’s vision.” Go figure:
The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney’s Cinderella project. We are committed to moving the project forward and have begun the search for a new director. The team here at Disney respects Mark as both a director and a friend, and we hope to find something to work on together in the future.
Perhaps when a Disney starlet needs a music video that appears to be set in a ‘70s porn basement, they’ll know who to call. In the meantime, this frees up Romanek’s schedule so that he may tackle a subject more in line with his aesthetic. And, this isn’t the first time he’s ditched a project that didn’t feel right—in 2010, he left The Wolfman just before principal filming began (smart move on his part, too).
What do you think of the Cinderella news?