It’s surprisingly good!
Some people think that Hollywood is all out of ideas. They’re not, they’re just lazy. But that being said, I do like the idea of bringing the classic Disney themed characters into the live action world. I was all of 9 people over the age of 15 that liked Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. That film made a crap ton of money, so why not try again. That’s the idea for Disney’s Maleficent with Angelina Jolie as the titled character. Disney released the first image of her and I’ll say, Damn. Spot on.
Disney’s going full board here! Good on them. With Snow White and the Huntsman doing surprisingly well, I have no doubt that the general public is going to eat this up with a big fork and a side of punch.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is 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.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).
“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.