Tim Burton may give Beauty the Alice treatment

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Alice in Wonderland broke box-office records, so Tim Burton can pretty much do whatever he wants for his next project. And what he wants to do next seems to be to turn the tale of Sleeping Beauty's evil queen into a live-action film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, to be titled Maleficent, could team Burton back up with Linda Woolverton, who wrote the Alice screenplay, as well as Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Woolverton's script would tell the fairy tale from the point of view of the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil," offering a new take on a classic story, just as she did with Lewis Carroll's Alice.

Burton grew interested in the character from the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty when he was in post-production on Alice, though both Disney and Burton have been trying to keep a lid on the project.

No deal has yet been made with Burton, but the hiring of Woolverton is the first step in moving ahead.

What do you think of this possible project? Would you love to see Tim Burton get his hands on Sleeping Beauty? Or should he leave the classic Disney character alone?

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