Maleficent 2 Set to Start Filming This Spring
Posted 2018/01/06 0 0
Filming is expected to begin in April and the production designer of Justice League has boarded the project.
Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward after several years in development, with Angelina Jolie returning as the main character. According to Omega Underground, the movie has already entered pre-production and is scheduled to start filming April 16th. Production will take place in London, with Marco Polo and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Rønning at the helm. Patrick Tatopoulous (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) has been added to the crew as production designer. The project is expected to complete principal photography in about four months, around the time that August rolls around.
Angeline Jolie has expressed great excitement for the script written by Linda Woolverton (who also penned the first Maleficent) and Spectre cowriter Jez Butterworth, promising Maleficent 2 will be a “really strong sequel.” The actress reportedly had the option to choose between working on this film or Bride of Frankenstein, which has been removed from Universal’s schedule following tepid interest in the Dark Universe as a concept and the financial underperformance of The Mummy, and Universal seems to have given up on making it the next big franchise that they were hoping that it would start. Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action remakes have consistently done well, with Beauty and the Beast being the year’s biggest hit until Star Wars: The Last Jedi came along, so it’s understandable that she decided to play Maleficent once more.
Maleficent 2 does not yet have a release date. Back in April 2016, Disney set release dates for five movies, two of which were confirmed to be Maleficent 2 and Jungle Book 2, although their exact dates weren't given yet. The dates in question are July 28, 2017, April 6, 2018, August 3, 2018, December 25, 2018 and December 20, 2019. Given that filming won't start until mid-April, the first four dates are all but out of the question, especially given the amount of special effects that will likely be needed for this sequel, and the December 20, 2019 date isn't an option either, since the studio moved Star Wars 9 to that date. Disney doesn't have any movie set for April 6, but their Christopher Robin movie starring Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell is set for August 3, and the studio also has Mary Poppins Returns slated for Christmas Day.