So, Guillermo del Toro, want to direct ‘Maleficent’? ‘I would love to’

June 20, 2011 | 2:28 p.m.
guillermo del toro So, Guillermo del Toro, want to direct Maleficent? I would love to

Guillermo del Toro

For someone who hasn’t actually made a film in three years, Guillermo del Toro is one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, writing and producing a slew of upcoming projects and readying his next directorial effort — “Pacific Rim” — now that “At the Mountains of Madness,” his big-budget, R-rated H.P. Lovecraft dream project, appears to be on indefinite hold (or at least until those pesky budget/rating issues can get resolved). But when Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre spoke to the filmmaker last week about the upcoming horror movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which he co-wrote and produced, she couldn’t resist asking him about “Maleficent,” the retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” from the vantage point of the sinister green witch who transforms into a majestic black and purple dragon that Disney has in the works. Tim Burton had been attached to direct the film, but since his departure, the studio hasn’t yet announced a replacement.

maleficent So, Guillermo del Toro, want to direct Maleficent? I would love to

Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" (Disney)

So, given Del Toro’s appreciation of classic Disney villains and dragons, maybe he would be interested in the job?

“Let me put it this way, if they ask I’ll take the meeting,” Del Toro said, speaking by phone from Toronto. “I think Maleficent’s dragon is the only design with the wings separate from the front legs, the only time that design has ever worked. And let me tell you how much of a fan I am. I have a collection of over two or three dozen Maleficent figures, some of them four or five feet tall. I own about 10 pieces of conceptual art from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ that include the dragon and a lot more pieces that are just from ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ It’s one of my three favorite Disney films. I would love to. But I don’t want to put too many hopes on it. They’re probably on a fast track and I cannot take any more projects on a fast track. ”

Still, fans can always hope. In the meantime, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” hits theaters Aug. 26, while Del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s third and final novel in “The Strain” trilogy is set for release in October.

— Gina McIntyre


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7 Responses to So, Guillermo del Toro, want to direct ‘Maleficent’? ‘I would love to’

  1. Guest says:

    Any Haunted Mansion updates?

  2. Daniel cherenfant says:

    That would been awsome

  3. J. Costa says:

    Another blank piece as Del Toro speaks on what he HASN'T done? Someone cut this dork's P.R. agent. We're sick of listening.

  4. Citlali says:

    I would have loved it if he directed Maleficent!!!

  5. Disney Insider says:

    The D23:Expo in August will have an update on The Haunted Mansion movie Del Toro is set to direct. Filming starts this fall already….

  6. Marty says:

    Actress KATE WALSH is the PERFECT CHOICE to MALEFICENT caracter,
    but they chose Angelina Joli as Malificent

  7. neia says:

    I love look good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Angelina Joli as Malificent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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