Burton Out Of Jolie’s Maleficent

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May 17, 2011 | 11:25am EST

Tim Burton has dropped out of directing Angelina Jolie as the evil Maleficent in a Sleeping Beauty adaptation.
The Batman moviemaker planned to put his Gothic twist on the story of the green-skinned, evil witch after his Alice in Wonderland 3D adventure was a huge success for Disney last year.

Jolie was eager to play the fairytale villain after learning Burton was on board to helm the project, saying, “Tim Burton, the chance to work with him would be extraordinary.”

But the film is now without a boss after Burton decided to focus on his pet project Frankenweenie for the studio instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reports David Yates, who has directed the last four Harry Potter films, is in the running to take over.

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