After a very long development period, the Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie as the fairy tale’s evil queen, is finally getting rolling. Robert Stromberg was set to direct not long ago, and with a script in hand, a star who wants to make the picture now, and a director ready to go, the Disney project needed just one thing: someone to be Sleeping Beauty.
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Disney’s Maleficent may have lost Tim Burton as director last year but Angelina Jolie, long attached to star as the wicked witch introduced in Snow White, isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the actress says the film is next after her promo run ends for her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past two years, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent has attracted the attention of several high-profile directors. Tim Burton was the first one attached to the project, back when it was first announced, and Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, and Guillermo del Toro are among the other names who’ve been rumored or who have expressed interest in the film.
The man who’s actually landed the job, however, is somewhat lesser known. Disney has tapped visual effects supervisor and production designer Robert Stromberg to helm the film, which will mark his directorial debut. Previously announced star Angelina Jolie is still set to play the lead. More details after the jump.
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This is something that will likely go down as a bit of ‘what if?’ trivia. Despite the fact that scheduling and other factors caused the death of Guillermo del Toro‘s Disney Double Dare You deal, it looks like he’s still interested in working for the Mouse. Or, more to the point, it sounds like the fact of not being able to make The Hobbit has left the writer/director with the desire to film a dragon, and doing so through Disney might be one way to scratch that particular itch. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
David O. Russell may have left behind the video game adaptation Uncharted, but the director’s not exactly wanting for new projects to work on. The latest potential additions to his slate are a Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced action film titled The Mission, and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent. (In fact, the latter is likely the reason Russell was allegedly meeting with star Angelina Jolie last week — Russ called it when he expressed his skepticism that Jolie would be interested in the Silver Linings female lead.)
Oh yeah, and that’s in addition to The Silver Linings Playbook and a handful of other projects he’s been linked to previously. The man has been keeping himself very, very busy. More details after the jump.
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What movie will Darren Aronofsky make now that he’s off The Wolverine? We don’t know for certain, but quite a few rumors are flying already. There are projects to which he has been linked over the past years (Intricate, Noah and/or Machine Man) and the recent rumor about Human Nature, which could star George Clooney. Add two more to the rumor pile: Maleficent, the alternate take on Sleeping Beauty, and another Biblical epic. Read More »
For the past year or so, Tim Burton fans (and, I suppose, some Disney Princess fans) have held out hope that he would eventually turn his spirograph eye on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, in order to re-tell the story from the perspective of evil witch Maleficent. But now the film Maleficent, which Alice in Wonderland writer Linda Woolverton was hired to script last year no longer has Tim Burton even loosely attached. So now it is new director time, as the Mouse still has Angelina Jolie attached to star, and wants to get the film made. Read More »
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Earlier this week it was revealed that Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton was penning the script for Tim Burton to possibly direct titled Maleficent. The project is the previously rumored revisionist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that focuses on the Mistress of all Evil. But who could play the evil queen? I’ll just be happy if the role isn’t just handed to Burton’s fiance Helena Bonham Carter.
Now the Los Angeles Times adds that actress Angelina Jolie had been rumored to be circling the long gestating project last spring and is still “keen on the film and would like to sign on to play the titular villain.” Of course, with no screenplay yet in place, and no director officially signed to helm the project, everything is all just speculation at this point. But I could certainly see Jolie playing the evil queen. What do you think?
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