Tim Burton Will Not Direct Angelina In Maleficent
Posted on Tue May 17, 2011 09:47 AM PDT

cfirth102110_06_X17200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - It's been a year since it was announced Tim Burton would direct Maleficent, but now he has dropped the film and will not direct Angelina Jolie.

Maleficent is Disney's real life take on the Sleeping Beauty villainess, Maleficent, telling the story from the perspective of the evil witch who threatens to kill the princess. The green-skinned evil queen turns into a dragon and is one of Disney' most famous villains.

This would have been Burton's second film directed for Disney. Alice In Wonderland did well at the office and scored multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

The studio is now searching for a new director for the film; one of the names that is circulating is David Yates, who directed the past four Harry Potter movies.

Angelina Jolie is still set to portray the titular film's character.