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Tim Burton Drops 'Maleficent', 'Harry Potter' Director's Name Up

May 17, 2011 (2:17 am) GMT
As Burton leaves the directorial job vacant, David Yates' name appears on the early search for new director of the fantasy movie.
Tim Burton

Tim Burton reportedly leaves Walt Disney Pictures' "". There is still no word on why the "" helmer, who has been attached to the forthcoming project since January 2010, dropped out of the -starring movie.

Following Burton's departure, Walt Disney Pictures is now on the hunt to find a new director. The Hollywood Reporter says that David Yates, the director of the last four "Harry Potter" films, is one name potentially replacing Burton.

Burton himself, in the meantime, still has some movies lined-up in front of him, including "" which will make its way out on October 5, 2012. He is also working for the big screen adaptation of "" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

"Maleficent" is a retelling of 1959's animated movie "Sleeping Beauty" from the evil witch's point of view. The upcoming fantasy film has Linda Woolverton, who provided script for "Alice in Wonderland", pen the script.

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