Can’t get enough of “Maleficent“? Us too.
And now, Disney is granting our wishes as Deadline reported that the studio is already starting to work on a “Maleficent” sequel. The sequel is written with Angelina Jolie in mind, as the studio is hopeful that the star will return to act as the winged witch once again. As such, Disney is currently keeping Jolie “in the loop”.
Linda Woolverton and Joe Roth are back on board as scriptwriter and producer respectively. However, it is unsure if Robert Stromberg, the production designer who made his directorial debut with “Maleficent”, will be returning to the director’s seat this time round.
Woolverton has worked on multiple Disney productions and was credited as the writers for “Beauty and the Beast“, “The Lion King”, and “Alice in Wonderland”. Roth has a huge amount of movies under his belt, having involved himself in the production of “The Exorcist III”, “Knight and Day”, and “Snow White & the Huntsman” . As for Stromberg, he won 2 Academy Awards for the “Best Art Direction” category with “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland”.
“Maleficent” is a dark fantasy film which retells the story of the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty”. Instead of the traditional narrative, the 2014 movie tells the story from the evil witch’s point-of-view. Elle Fanning took up the role of Princess Aurora, while Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville starred in supporting roles.
The movie grossed $758 million worldwide with a budget estimated at $130 – $200 milion and was a commercial success, despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics.