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‘Cinderella’ Reboot Loses Director Mark Romanek

Mark Romanek
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Mark Romanek has proved himself to be a master behind the camera when doing short films and with the feature ‘Never Let Me Go,’ but he seems to have trouble working on studio movies. For the second time in his career he’s leaving a big budget movie, as it’s being reported that he’s off Walt Disney’s live-action ‘Cinderella‘ reimagining.

This comes from Deadline, who note that the problem was that Romanek’s vision of this ‘Cinderella’ was too dark for the studio. This is strange because A) it’s Mark Romanek, and that’s partly what you hire him for and B) the update that’s worked best so far is ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ and that seemed to be going for dark (it’s hard to tell exactly as we were pretty bored while watching it), though what’s being said is that his vision was too dark for a fairy tale. Perhaps someone at Disney is from the future and has already seen the grosses for ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.’

This would be the second time Romanek has come off a high profile project, as he walked off ‘The Wolfman’ as production was about to start, and we’d hate to think that means he’ll be branded as too difficult to work with. The project had Cate Blanchett attached but now that the project’s lost its director, it’s hard to say how or if the project will go forward. Last time Romanek was replaced by Joe Johnston. Perhaps he’s available.

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