Cate Blanchett is set to star as the evil stepmother with Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde all competing for the title role. Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz will continue working on the screenplay as the hunt for a new director begins.
Here is a statement released by the studio confirming the separation.
"The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney's Cinderella project. We are committed to moving the project forward and have begun the search for a new director. The team here at Disney respects Mark as both a director and a friend, and we hope to find something to work on together in the future."
The dark material proposed by Romanek should have come as no surprise to Disney. The man made his feature length directorial debut with the dark thriller One Hour Photo, which starred Robin Williams as a man obsessed with and stalking the family whose photos he develops on a regular basis. It has not yet been revealed what the director was planning to do with Cinderella, but there's a good chance it would have been more interesting than what we will eventually get from Disney.
Cinderella was released March 13th, 2015 and stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgård, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh.