The Maleficent Sequel Headed Into Production
Posted 2017/08/30 0 0
Maleficent was a box office hit for Disney in 2014 and a sequel was announced to be in development in 2015, but there had be no updates on the status of the project until now.
The Tracking Board has reported that Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow), who is also a regular Disney writer has been brought on board to work on the screenplay that Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for the first film, has already produced. He will apparently be revising the initial screenplay from Woolverton and producing an updated version for filming. Original producer Joe Roth is still attached the project, as is Angeline Jolie who recently indicated that she would be interested in reprising the role, depending on her commitments. Butterworth has an existing relationship with the company, having just worked on the screenplay for Cruella, the new live-action version of the 101 Dalmatians villain.
Butterworth also has form with a number of other well-regarded projects over the past few years, having written studio movies like Spectre and Edge of Tomorrow. He’s also respected as a playwright and recently co-created the new historical Amazon series Brittania, which stars David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, and Mackenzie Crook. So despite the change of writer, Disney shows confidence in his output and he has the ability to produce quality screenplays.
The first “Maleficent,” which offered a revisionist take on “Sleeping Beauty” with Angelina Jolie’s titular villain becoming the protagonist, pulled in $758 million at the box office worldwide.
No plot details or expected release date have been given for Maleficent 2. Meanwhile, Angelina, who starred as the original film's central character, has yet to commit herself to the project and her jam-packed work schedule could still prevent her from doing so, according to Den of Geek. But Angelina previously admitted she relished playing Maleficent, the antagonist in Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'.
She explained: "It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain. She was just my favourite as a little girl. I was terrified of her but I was really drawn to her. I loved her.
"There were some discussions about it before I got the part, and I got a phone call from my brother who said, 'You got to get your name on the list for this!'"