For Branagh, Cinderella was a welcome departure

March 12, 2015 12:10 PM

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It's a question Kenneth Branagh has been asked a lot lately: Was he wary, when first approached about rebooting - re-glass slippering - the 1950 animated classic "Cinderella"? The Disney feature, ninth on the American Film Institute's all-time list of animated features, is an iconic pop culture artifact beloved by millions - all that and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," too. Would it be foolhardy to try to turn it into a live-action film?

"I was so intrigued by the idea of doing a fairy tale - and with a sad girl in the center of it - having just done a couple of big, boys-y movies," Branagh says, referring to his directorial turns with the espionage action pic "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" and Marvel's inaugural "Thor." "And I'm alway...

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