Deadline reports that Mark Romanek is no longer directing Disney’s live action version of “Cinderella.” According to reports, Romanek and the studio disagreed over the direction of the film–Romanek wanted a darker tone and Disney did not. To which I say, it’s freakin’ Disney–what did Romanek expect? I’m surprised this hire went through in the first place.
Romanek is best known for his music videos and commercials, but has only directed a few features, notably “One Hour Photo” and “Never Let Me Go.” He dropped out of “The Wolf Man” starring Benicio Del Toro a few years ago, which was a smart move as that turned out to be a massive flop.
Disney wants to stay on schedule to shoot “Cinderella” this summer. Cate Blanchett is already in the cast as, I believe, the wicked stepmother. Casting is under way for the lead role, with names like Saiorse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, and Gabrielle Wilde rumored to be frontrunners.