Disney Begins Production On “Maleficent”

Today Disney announced the official start of production on their live-action Maleficent and released the first image of Angelina Jolie in the title role. The film is helmed by first-time director Robert Stromberg (production designer, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland), produced by Joe Roth, written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Scheduled for release on March 14, 2014, the film recounts “the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.” Next in Disney’s series of unnecessary films that destroy the mystery of cartoon villains: the story of the Queen in Snow White and which supermarket she bought the apple from that was used to poison Snow White.


  • Pedro Nakama

    I’ll pass.

  • DonaldC

    Not a fan of Wicked, not keen on this idea.

  • Ermy

    Ugh. WHY?

    This is so obviously trying to cash in on “Wicked” and fantasy films like “Mirror Mirror.” I really can’t see anyone being interested by the time this film comes out. The concept is already stale.

  • http://www.twitter.com/feliciasavage Felicia Savage

    “..the story of the Queen in Snow White and which supermarket she bought the apple from that was used to poison Snow White.”

    Ha! I don’t think I could have said it myself. One WOULD think that Angelina Jolie would avoid such things, no?

    Gotta admit though — she DOES look pretty cool!

    • Ara

      That concept sounds so hilarious, I kinda wish that was the real premise of the actual movie. I would watch it. This…we’ll see.

    • Reg

      Really? The same Angelina Jolie that starred in the un-watchable Beowulf? Salt, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? It appears to me that she accept any old dreck they drop on her desk!

  • wever

    Wicked.

    Third person to call it. Shameful. Shameful.

  • TimeForTimer

    She looks great. I am looking forward to hearing/seeing more about the film. Unlike most people, I’ll reserve judgement until I have more info than one pre-production photo.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    The press release can’t even get the facts straight. “Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent”? She’s nowhere near Disney’s most beloved villains! I wouldn’t even put her in the Top Ten.

    • chipper

      That is the type of things fans will argue over until the apocalypse finally happens, and even after.

  • chipper

    I don’t really understand this trend of trying to make it so you pity the villain or whatever. Unless it’s put in the original film, there isn’t much need.

    Besides, fanficton/fanart does it enough. There’s probably a Malificent picture somewhere with a crappy band’s sad lyrics pasted over it in MS Paint.

  • Thomas

    Since AJ is playing the role, I sure hope the rest of the outfit looks like this:

    http://j-scott-campbell.deviantart.com/art/Maleficent-78965471

  • Alissa

    PLEASE Hollywood, don’t turn my fave disney villain into an angsty pile of whine and emo. Pleeeaaassseee.

    Seriously, why the *bleep* am I hearing rumors of her pet crow turning into her love interest?! Why does she need a love interest, she’s the mistress of freakin’ evil for crying out loud! And the fact that the screenwriter for that train-wreck of the last Alice in Wonderland movie is attached worries me deeply.

  • E. Nygma

    Does anybody like Disney here anymore? I think it’s a good idea, just one I am not particularly interested in. Wreck-it-Ralph looks better to me.

  • Taylor

    I bet if this was a hand-drawn feature, y’all would be singing a different tune.

  • A Writer

    why are animators on here so whiny?

    “Don’t do this don’t do that”

    “this sucks, that sucks”

    smh

  • Ness

    I’m not turning down the idea before I see more of it, but they really couldn’t find someone who looks/sounds/acts more like Maleficent to fill the role? I can only imagine how much facial sculpting they’ll have to do to make her even BEGIN to look like Mal. I mean, she’s not exactly supposed to be the mainstream idea of “pretty”…

  • dbenson

    I understand there’s a live action remake of that Rankin-Bass TV film, “The Hobbit.” If that flies they may try something more ambitious, like “Prince of Egypt.”

    • Bill

      A live-action Prince of Egypt would never fly. To do it in strictly live action you would have to have massive sets, shoot in the desert for months and use thousands of extras. Never happen.

      • Altair

        Or… do it with green screen.
        It worked for “Troy”.

  • Nic

    I’m not sure why everyone feels this is a bad thing. For a lot of people, character exploration is interesting and a worthy watch/read. I know I personally enjoy learning more about all of the characters in a movie I love. This, as far as I’m concerned, was a huge part of why Wicked was so successful. People want to learn more about mysterious characters.

    If you don’t /like it/, don’t /watch it/. It’s not a hard concept. These characters not only do not belong to you, but you’re not the only person to ever like them. Some of us who do are interested, and I think others will be interested.

    This could be interesting, and there’s really no reason to not explore the character further. You’ve all seen one shot and read a short description that was in no way unbiased. Quite frankly I think a few commenters here need to put on their big girl panties.

    • Funkybat

      I think the complains come from people who feel that this is both derivative and unnecessary. If it were animated, I’m sure there would be a few more people singing its praises, if only because they feel the need to prop up anything 2D animated in the hopes of commercial resurgence. As a live-action affair, with a knockout playing the “villian,” it just comes across as kind of crassly commercial. I don’t have any strong feelings one way or another about it, but I understand why some people are POed.

  • Brian Kidd

    So… since it seems that everyone is trying to cash in on the success of WICKED, why haven’t we seen a film version of that yet? At least that has a great score to go along with the silly, but fun, book. The novel…well…um… it’s okay I guess.

    Disney seems to be at a real low point right now as far as creative output goes. We’re talking SNOWBALL-EXPRESS-era-Disney-low-point.

  • FigmentJedi

    Disney actually put out a book on the Evil Queen a few years ago that took the Wicked perspective on her, Fairest of All.

    The face in the Magic Mirror is the ghost of her abusive father, a mirrormaker that resented her as his wife died in childbirth having her. It is that part of her life coming back as well as dabbling in magic like her sisters that eventually feeds her paranoia and drives her to the actions in the film.

  • James

    I suppose there are worse ideas out there, the the all-about-the-fairy-tale-villain concept is really starting to get milked dry. This in particular reeks of pretty desperate fan pandering. Not interested at all.

  • Joel

    I’d love to see one of these movies done about Gaston.

  • Emma

    I’m actually interested in how this will turn out, but maybe it’s because Sleeping Beauty was never a favourite of mine.
    However, I really hope Disney shelves Order of the Seven. The world doesn’t need another Snow White movie.

    • Funkybat

      Looks like you got your wish.

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disney-order-of-seven-movie-327912

      Apparently, Disney got nervous in the wake of “John Carter” about having a big-budget project like this in the hands of a first-time director.

      I had never heard of this project until now, but after reading more about it. I think I share your relief that it isn’t going anywhere.

  • cijfer

    The back story of the Queen of Snow White is already being told in the Disney tv series Once Upon a Time. I like it a lot actually.

  • 101 Damnations

    Oh dear. Angelina Jolie will be 2014′s Glenn Close.

  • jLo

    How about you people bitching over this wait until at least a trailer comes out before judging the actual film.

  • jLo

    My God, so many whiners up in this page