Disney and director Mark Romanek are parting ways on Cinderella, the revisionist fairy tale movie with Cate Blanchett attached as a star, reports Deadline.
Romanek and the studio have differing views on how to tell the story, with Romanek’s view reportedly too dark for a fairy tale ending.
With a script by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna, Disney began testing young actresses for the title role late last year, including Saoirse Ronan. Simon Kinberg is producing.
Romanek, who helmed Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo, has dropped from films before. The director, renowned for his commercials and video work, also exited The Wolfman because he had a darker vision than the studio was looking for.
“The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney’s Cinderella project,” read a statement from the studio. “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.”