Tim Burton will not be directing Maleficent, it has been reported.
The Alice In Wonderland filmmaker had been attached to the Disney live-action fantasy about the evil witch, who threatened to kill Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, but has decided to move on, said The Hollywood Reporter.
Angelina Jolie is still tipped to play the green-skinned villainness, with The Lion King's Linda Woolverton writing the script.
The studio is now on the hunt for a new director, with Harry Potter's David Yates said to be in the running.
Tim is working on the feature-length stop-motion version of his 1984 short film, Frankenweenie, which is set for release in late 2012.