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Guillermo del Toro would love to direct MALEFICENT, if the stars align

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
June 21st, 2011

We've had our hearts broken so many times by the idea of Guillermo del Toro stepping behind the camera on what felt like a perfect pairing between film and filmmaker. THE HOBBIT, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, his Double Dare You project at Disney - all proved too good to be true. But del Toro may not be closing up shop at Disney just yet...

In an interview with the LA Times' Hero Complex, del Toro said he was definitely interested in taking over where Tim Burton left off with The Mouse House's MALEFICENT - a retelling of SLEEPING BEAUTY of sorts from the perspective of the titular witch, who happens to turn into a giant dragon.

“Let me put it this way, if they ask I’ll take the meeting...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."

Hold your horses though, little dragon. While he is obviously a huge fan, del Toro also stated that he doesn't want to get his hopes up, as "they’re probably on a fast track and I cannot take any more projects on a fast track.“

If he's not getting his hopes up, neither am I. No matter how magnificent the thought is.

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