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Disney pay big for live 'Cinderella' script

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Alice In Wonderland loosens the purse-strings at Mouse Central for more live-action fairy movies...

Cinderella, in more innocent times

With Tim Burton's Disney-backed Alice In Wonderland going for The Dark Knight's box-office throne (although admittedly the figures are severely skewed by the higher cost of 3D tickets), The Mouse is suddenly seeing box-office gold again in the fairytale world beyond the box-office appeal of the more cynical Shrek series, and have made a 7-figure offer to writer Aline Brosh McKenna for a 'live action' (one needs to qualify the phrase in these CGI-ridden days) version of the classic Cinderella.

It's been a reasonably slow road back to the classics for Disney since 1992's Beauty And The Beast. The company spent most of the late 1970s and 1980s trying to figure out what the 'new kids' wanted, in the wake of Star Wars, producing interesting and experimental box-office disappointments such as The Black Hole (1979), TRON (1982) and DragonSlayer (1982). The long and frustrating game of catch-up finally brought the company back to its roots with BatB. Even so, Disney had a difficult time in judging the tone of the new CGI technologies that were to re-enliven it, and the simple charm of its successful basic CGI outing Toy Story (and sequel/s) wasn't always easy to replicate.

Alice In Wonderland is changing all that. Question is, are we cheering up, or must Cinderella 'go dark'? Truth be told, fairy tales are among the darkest and most frightening works of literature anyway...but it's been a pretty long time since The Mouse had the guts [spoiler] to kill Bambi's mum.

Little is known of McKenna's treatment of Cinderella except that Disney seems to have impulse-bought it on a single read. Simon Kinberg will produce the new version. Kinberg and McKenna worked together on a production rewrite of Date Night and stayed together to make a $2 million deal for an unknown pitch for Paramount/Bad Robot heads JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk.

Speculation as to whether Cinderella will be in 3D is...pointless.

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