Disney have issued a statement, confirming that they're no longer working with Mark Romanek on their live-action Cinderella. Some quotes appeared on The Hollywood Reporter:
The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney?sCinderellaproject.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.Very unfortunate.
Romanek has made three features, most recently the exceptional Never Let Me Go. I expect he'll now collect some spurious stigma, having parted ways with Disney on this project and Universal on The Wolf Man, his version of the equally non-existant Gilliam curse.
Romanek talked about his aspirations with The Wolf Man before, and those comments probably shed some light on what went on with Cinderella. That time, he said, he was looking to make a credible and legitimate film, something that would be critically well-received but also had the potential to be populist.
I suppose somebody had those priorities reversed.
Cate Blanchett is attached to star as the step-mother character in Cinderella. Whatever happens next... well, this film has lost its shine for me, I'm afraid. We've got something of a pumpkin here now, I fear.
Okay... so what's next for Romanek? That's what I want to know.