David O. Russell circles MALEFICENT

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Now that Oscar-nominated filmmaker is off Sony’s “Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune” his slate is once again at its max, with Disney attempting to fill what little space might be left for the busy director. It appears Disney wants the helmer to take the director’s chair to replace Tim Burton, who exited the project earlier this year, in their upcoming re-imagining, live-action feature of the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” except now from the perspective of the “Mistress of all Evil,” , which Angelina Jolie has been attached to play for some time now. Russell would direct from a script by Linda Woolverton, who originally set the project in motion along with Burton.

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