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Disney Releases “Maleficent” Teaser

Love it or loathe it, the live-action Maleficent movie is coming. And Disney has released a teaser trailer and a handful of new images to get you (a.) excited or (b.) riled up for its May 30, 2014 release. The movie stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning & Sharlto Copley. It is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Beauty and the Beast scribe Linda Woolverton, Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini and John Lee Hancock (director, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks).

From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

  • jmahon

    what the, Linda Woolverton and Paul Dini? Paul Dini has a great knack for creating a real feel of “epicness” in whatever lore he’s working with, this is pretty awesome news. I had no idea about that. I was afraid this would be just another Alice in Wonderland-esque reboot, but this sounds pretty hopeful, or, at least, more than it did.

  • Looking at the comments on Youtube, it seems like many people are looking forward to this. However, I’m concerned. Why have Angelia Jolie play the lead? Why remake a film that was fine with to begin with anyway? Why ride on Wicked’s coattails instead of making something new? Boy, am I tired of these ‘updated / edgy’ fairytale movies.

    • jhalpernkitcat

      That’s the main reason why I tend to stay away from most of these movies despite my love for fairy tales in general. A lot of them tend to stray away from the original tale completely until it’s hardly recognizable such as “Snow White and the Huntsman” (Snow White never struck me as an armored swordswoman) or gives a promising twist–that ends up being rather stupid–such as the wolf in that recent Red Riding Hood movie being a werewolf. The identity of the werewolf just struck me as plain dumb when I read the summary of the movie online–making it the grandmother would have been ingenius.

    • IJK

      “Why remake a film that was fine with to begin with anyway?”

      You must be the only person to have ever said Sleeping Beauty was fine the way it was. It was and has been a pretty popular opinion that Maleficent was the best part of the movie and she should have been the star and didn’t get enough screen time. Didn’t Tim Burton try to push that idea several times?

  • jhalpernkitcat

    I’ll admit I’ve been a bit unsure of this one–while I am a huge lover of fairy tales, a lot of live action versions have failed to entice me such as “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “Oz the Great and Powerful” and a few other more recent ones.
    So far however, this one may actually work, at least it definitely looks like Angelina has the character down to a t as she sounds exactly like her and appears to retain Maleficent’s elegant evilness.

  • Funkybat

    If Paul Dini is involved, I suppose I will have to at least give this a chance. But damn, it would be nice to see the studios take a break from the whole “live action fairytale adaptation” thing. I gave several of these a chance over the past few years and they were almost all disappointments or worse. I think “Enchanted” was probably the best because it was mocking the differences between fairytale life and real life, even if it did remind me a lot of that live action/animated Fat Albert feature from a few years ago.

    • Charlie

      I think ‘Enchanted’ probably worked better because it was specifically a parody of animated fairy tales in general, rather than an adaptation of a specific story.

      I feel like a lot of the ‘live action fairy tales’ suffer from not being very… magical.

  • EHH

    Hopefully, they will give more characterization to Aurora and Phillip than they did in the original film.

  • Rufus

    Looks like it has potential. I’d be more impressed if the visuals didn’t have to be boosted with the standard epic “profound orchestration with choir” soundtrack – which these days likely isn’t even used in the film.

  • Inkan1969

    So, did she find her true happiness on the tip of the Prince’s sword?

  • Pierre Fontaine

    The images look promising too. Maleficent in the forest is quite lovely.

  • George Comerci

    If this is done right, it could be the next Wicked. Reserve a spot in the theater for me, this looks fantastic! Would be even better if it was completely animated, but I can’t complain too much, can I?

    • Shazbot

      “Oz the Great and Powerful” already TRIED to be the next Wicked. And it sucked. Hopefully this movie won’t borrow anything from anybody, but will prove to be an excellent live-action version of one of Walt’s most memorable villains. The trailer looks promising…will we see a great live-action version of the animated film’s awesome Dragon?

  • I wasn’t looking forward to this at all, but I’ve gotta say — so far so good. The visuals are nice, the iconic elements are all in place, and it doesn’t feel dumbed-down or like the ‘Wicked’ rip-off so many of us were expecting.

    Oh, and that narration:

    “I know who you are…You’re the shadow that’s been following me ever since I was small.”

    That’s pretty damned good!

  • ZekeySpaceyLizard

    After the disappointment of Alice and MASSIVE disappointment of Oz: The Great and Powerful I am honestly very scared to see this. My heart can only be broken so many times, Disney.

  • SaburoDaimando

    I’ll say this. Angelina Jolie’s voice for Maleficent fits perfectly with the character.

  • UsaMiKo

    You know, I’m actually a little interested in this. If there’s one thing I hate it’s a villian who’s evil “just because” so I’m always in the mood for a great back story. But I can understand the worry. “Oz” was just unispired. I only saw it for the graphics.

  • megadrivesonic

    This makes me cringe, Disney what are you doing?

    • Krypton Keeper

      Making a friggin awesome movie, that’s what they’re doin.

  • rkrandom

    im not sure if Jolie was the perfect choice for this role… i mean, we have grown up watching this classic animated tale, so they could also have taken a not to insanely famous actor for it… and did some more research for more choices for it…
    having mixed feelings… and im not amused seeing Jolie the sole.. hope she gives enough justice to the character..

  • Rpberto González

    Linda Woolverton signed The Lion King but she also signed Tim Burton’s Alice, which had a terrible script, so I don’t know about that. Paul Dini, on the other hand, remains like a great storyteller. I would be more confident if he was the only writer in this. I like the second part of the trailer. The fairies in the first part look too fake and CGI and Elle Fanning is a little annoying. I don’t believe in this kind of adaptation and I doubt they could manage to make a movie about Maleficent, the evil character, enjoyable for kids and adults. I disagree with ZekeySpaceyLizard, I actually thought Oz was kind of decent and better than Alice. But it still wasn’t too great. I hope this is closer to Oz than Alice, anyway.

  • Roberto González

    I may be the only person who thought Oz was kind of good for what it was. It kept the continuity and imagery of the classic film and it provided some entertainment. It wasn’t a classic and it could have been much better but for a blockbuster prequel about something that has been adapted several times before I think it did a decent job, even though I find both The Wizard of Oz and Disney’s Return To Oz more interesting (although the second one is unbelievable scary).

    Tim Burton’s Alice completely missed the point of the original (both the book or the Disney animated films, which some people say it’s not faithful enough to the book, but compared to Burton’s version they are like drops of rain).

    • akira

      as a Baum fan, i was really hoping for more with OZ, not a “darker” tongue in cheek homage to the hit film

      • Roberto Gonzalez

        Yeah, I didn’t read the books but I read some of the excellent comic book adaptations and I can see there was more potential in Baum’s work. But at least Raimi’s movie didn’t change the World of Oz as much as Burton in Alice imho.

  • ZekeySpaceyLizard

    Much like Alice, the trailers had me hoping for a film that adhered slightly more to the books I loved as a child than the previous classic films did. And much like Alice it felt like a rushed pile that only succeeded in managing to LOOK pretty.

    With Tim Burton not directing Oz I figured maybe it was just a fluke that Alice was so bad and Oz would be better with a different person at the helm.

    And instead I got Star Wars Episode 2’s romance scenes in the land of oz with James Franco looking confused and Zach Braff voicing a cgi monkey. A complete waste of a perfectly good Braff.

  • Krypton Keeper

    Ok, you people are way too negative. It’s just a trailer, and I personally think its awesome.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I feel every time Disney Studios makes a live action version of one of their animated classics they are insulting the original animation crew and Walt Disney himself.

  • Marco_Sensei

    My worries here : doesn’t the pitch tell too much of the story ?… Even a possible “happy ending” instead of the classical demise of Maleficent in the end ?? Does that mean they made her a good person in the first place, who lost her way only so the Disney classical princess could heal her wounds and make her nice and happy again ??? I’m really worried on this one… -_-

  • Darrell Wilson

    This movie will succeed greatly or crash and burn depending on Angelina Jolie’s performance…but I say it looks promising, and Angelina as an evil character actually works if you look at some of her past movies.

  • Phil

    The actresses and their costumes look magnific! I just wished those vines of thorns would not look so computer generated. If the live action version of “101 Dalmatians” would have been done in this day and age instead of 1996, they probably would have used CGI dogs instead of real ones.

  • Richard Jefferies

    I’m going to wait until Melissa McCarthy does her new movie “Ursula”. This looks dumb. I’m sick of villain-centric angst. I wish they would use the comic series Fairest as a reference and make the other fairies just as cool and powerful as her rather than rehashing the flying grandmother midgets of the 1957 film.