Sir Kenneth Branagh found making 'Cinderella' as intimidating as tackling a William Shakespeare production.

The 54-year-old director is responsible for the new Disney movie production of the classic fairytale and insists he can't distinguish between 'Cinderella' and some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays, which he's also directed.

Asked which is more intimidating, he replied: ''I'd say it's equally intimidating. The ferocity of passion that is engendered by people when they don't like what you've done is really tremendous. It's intense.

''But my feeling is always that the original work is there, at the end of it, or whatever people might deem as the traditional way of doing things.

''But, I always think that's a myth. Particularly with Shakespeare, they weren't there in the 1600s, so it's usually an idea, in our own heads, of what's right and proper, or just what you prefer.''

However, Sir Kenneth tries not to apply too much pressure to himself when embarking on such an ambitious project.

He told Collider: ''The thing to bear in mind, when you're actually making it, is that you can't set out to make a classic. If it turns out to be regarded in that way, great.

''You're just trying to find this moment to tell this story, at this time.''