‘Avatar’ Production Designer to Direct Disney’s ‘Maleficent’
revisionist look at its own Sleeping
, faced a major dilemma when Tim Burton
shockingly left them helm.
However, the Mouse House now looks to a first-timer in Robert Stromberg
to bring this film to life, which if all goes according to plan will feature Angelina Jolie
in the titular role.
Several months after Burton’s sudden departure, Deadline
reveals that Disney essentially promoted Stromberg, a production designer, to the director's chair. This will be his feature debut, but he's had a long-standing working relationship with Disney as the production designer on Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
as well as on Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful.
He also won an Oscar for Best Art Direction for Avatar
in 2009 and repeated that win for “Alice” last year. He also aided in the
visual effects department for Pirates of
the Caribbean: At World’s End
There’s currently no production timetable for the film, but after next year's The Lone Ranger
and Oz The Great and Powerful
could be a 2014 tentpole
property for Disney.