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Earlier this month, Disney's revisionist take on Cinderella lost its director. Mark Romanek ('Never Let Me Go') departed the project, apparently due to a difference of opinion on the film's tone; Romanek evidently wanting to venture into darker territory than Disney was comfortable. Now, it appears Kenneth Branagh ('Thor') is the prince being courted to take Romanek's place at the ball. Branagh is in negotiations to take over directing duties on 'Cinderella,' which currently has Cate Blanchett attached to star as the wicked stepmother. Branagh will see his cinematic pass at the Tom Clancy character 'Jack Ryan' released this year. If Disney is able to make the deal with Branagh, it is thought the production will still begin this summer as planned. 'Cinderella' is set for a 2014 release.
When Romanek left 'Cinderella,' it sapped much of the optimism I had for the project. It wasn't so much that I'm an enormous fan of Romanek, but the idea that Disney balked at a darker version of the classic fairy tale, even as they are purportedly trying to revise the story, engenders a concern that we're just going to end up with another version of 2010's bland, and only slightly different, 'Alice in Wonderland.' That being said, Branagh has proven himself to be an outstanding director both when adapting Shakespeare and comic books. I am very much looking forward to his 'Jack Ryan,' as his genre sensibilities seem just as developed as his artistic prowess. I think he'll make a fine replacement for Romanek, I just hope that Disney isn't going to try and hamper his vision as they apparently did their last helmer.
What do you guys think? Holding out any hope for the new version of 'Cinderella?' Think Branagh is a fitting replacement for Romanek?