LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - David O. Russell has surfaced as one of the directors circling Disney's fantasy "Maleficent," a live-action version of the "Sleeping Beauty" story starring Angelina Jolie as the evil witch.
Tim Burton exited the project earlier this year, opening up the director's spot. Russell is among those now being considered for the job, but insiders stressed there are other names in the mix as well.
"Maleficent" is told from the witch's point of view.
Russell's calendar opened up when he parted ways last month with Columbia Pictures, where he was attached to direct "Unchartered Drake's Fortune," based on the popular video game. He was last in theaters with the Oscar-winning drama "The Fighter."