‘Maleficent 2’ Developing at Disney

Maleficent 2

Angelina Jolie will likely go for a second round of intense cheekbone enhancement as Maleficent 2 is in development at Disney. Details on the sequel project are thin, but Linda Woolverton, who scripted the first film, is in talks to write the first draft.  Read More »

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll wrote more than one adventure in Wonderland, so the notion of a sequel to Alice in Wonderland is hardly new. But the idea of a film carrying on the approach of Tim Burton’s superficial, action-oriented film from 2010 does sound a bit ridiculous. Nevertheless, Burton’s film made over a billion dollars, propelled in part by a post-Avatar interest in 3D. So a sequel was probably inevitable.

At least it won’t be called Alice in Wonderland 2; right now the working title is Into the Looking Glass. (Presumably to be presented as a subtitle, so we’ll likely be calling the film Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass.)

Now the film has a likely director in James Bobin. The veteran of Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords directed The Muppets for Disney, and is finishing up The Muppets…Again! for the company. Seems like a big thumbs-up from Disney, which has decided that Bobin is a director who can create what the Mouse House wants. Read More »

Tim Burton’s 2010 3D version of Alice in Wonderland was a unexpected mega hit for Disney, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. Its success is credited with kickstarting the ongoing trend of live action adaptations of fantasy/fairy tale classics such as Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman as well as the upcoming Maleficent, Oz the Great and Powerful and more. Surprisingly, after all that, it’s taken two years for Disney to finally get the ball rolling on a follow-up.

Linda Woolverton, a long time Disney writer who not only wrote the first film, but also The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Homeward Bound and more, has just been hired to write Alice in Wonderland 2. It’s a sequel to the 2010 film, which itself was a sort-of sequel to the original animated Alice in Wonderland. The story in Burton’s film took place after Alice’s first trip to Wonderland, even though they shared the same title. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Sharlto Copley in Talks for ‘Maleficent’

Forget Demián Bichir — this week belongs to Sharlto Copley. Just a couple of days ago, the District 9 star was confirmed as the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, even as he was packing his bags to shoot Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s dark thriller Open Grave in Hungary. Today, Copley’s has entered talks for Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie in the title role. 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 »

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 »


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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Back in January it was rumored that Disney was developing another revisionist re-take on one of their cartoon classics for Tim Burton to direct. Maleficent, a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that focuses on the Mistress of all Evil. Heatvision confirms the previous reports, adding that Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton was penning the script. The site also notes that Tim Burton may direct, but it is one of the many projects the filmmaker is circling. The screenplay for Alice in Wonderland was one of the film’s many short comings. I hope that Woolverton can turn this interesting concept into something much more.

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Linda Woolverton‘s screenplay for Tim Burton‘s new Alice in Wonderland has very successfully been kept under lock and key. This has led to a certain amount of confusion or even misinformation springing up and circling reports of the film. Thankfully, having been shown a full copy I can now report that all of the early information I was given by sources close to the film seems to be completely true.

The big surprise for most people, I think, will be that this is at once an adaptation of and sequel to the Lewis Carroll books. This is thanks to a plot wrangle at least as clever as that in Abrams’ Star Trek. Essentially, Wonderland is both a real place and a recurring dream of Alice’s. In this film she’s dreaming of it at a somewhat later part of her life than in the books, so certain things are different. This is just one clever element of a truly charming and surprising screenplay that I’m now really very sure will become a true humdinger of a movie.

To fully understand the script immediately one would need a glossary of terms. Thankfully, Woolverton prepared one and it was circulated to cast and crew. I’ve had it explained to me, so I’m going to pass on what I know to you after the break.

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Tim Burton in a 3D Wonderland

Tim Burton 3D

Last month we reported a rumor that Tim Burton would be making a stop motion animated feature length remake of his infamous short Frankenweenie. Well the news is now official, and it gets even better – it will be in 3D! And there is even better news, before he begins production on Frankenweenie, Burton will directing a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland which will also be in 3D!

Alice will combine performance-capture technology, which can currently be seen in Beowulf, with live-action footage. Lion King/Beauty and the Beast scribe Linda Woolverton penned the adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. No word on if the movie will be darker than the original, but with Burton at the helm, I would expect a more unique take. However, this is still Disney, and Alice is a classic franchise for the mouse house, so I wouldn’t expect it to be too dark. Hopefully Disney let’s Burton use his visual talents to add a new depth to this classic story.

FrankenweenieBurton made Frankenweenie as a short black and white film in 1984. It is rumored that Disney decided to shelve the project because the content was too “questionable” for children. However, after the mainstream success of such Burton films as Beetlejuice, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Batman, the film was given a home video release on the Nightmare Before Christmas DVD.

Frankenweenie is a parody of the 1931 Frankenstein film. When young Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them and his parents, that despite his appearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been. The film starred Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Sofia Coppola and Jason Hervey.

source: variety