Pirates 5 Co-Helmer Joachim Rønning to Direct Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2

Posted 2017/10/04 0 0

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Rønning is in talks to take the reins of Maleficent 2.


The long-developing Maleficent 2 looks like it’s finally, actually going to happen. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Rønning will direct Maleficent 2, according to a new report from Deadline. Rønning is best known for co-directing this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Kon-Tiki with Espen Sandberg. Though Rønning will reteam with his directing partner for the sixth Pirates movie, while also helming Jerry Bruckheimer's Origins for Paramount, he’s going solo on this project.

Angelina Jolie has said she'll return for the new movie, which is still largely under wraps, plot-wise, but has a script that has seen work from Linda Woolverton and Jez Butterworth. From the looks of the schedule for this one, it would leapfrog other projects that Rønning is considering, including an adaptation of Michael Crichton's Micro and an original idea called Origins. The aim is to kick off shooting early next year, which means it could potentially be in cinemas for 2019.

Released in May of 2014, Maleficent earned an impressive $758.5 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. The film was directed by Robert Stromberg and tells the previously-untold story of the iconic villain from Disney’s 1959 animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal, an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom, and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

The original action adventure also stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.