With ‘Maleficent‘ being a smash hit at the box office, it should be no surprise that the studio is working on ‘Maleficent 2.’ Angelina Jolie (‘Wanted,’ ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’) had played a stunning take on the character and breathed new life into her while adding a new depth as well. While always thought of as evil, movie goers were given a very interesting twist on what caused her to be that way and with how the film ended, it will be interesting to see what direction they may go with a sequel.
Details are a bit sparse at the moment but it has been confirmed that Linda Woolverton (‘The Lion King’,’Beauty and the Beast’) who penned the first film is in talks on bringing the second to life as well. Also returning is producer Joe Roth (‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’). Robert Stromberg (‘What Lives Inside’,’There’), however, isn’t returning to the director’s chair.
No word on who will end up directing the film as of yet, though I suspect it won’t be long until we learn more. At this time, Jolie herself isn’t committed to the film and chances are they wouldn’t be making it without her. Jolie hasn’t been overly large with doing sequels since her stint in ‘Tomb Raider’ and continuations to ‘Wanted’ and ‘Salt’ were both stalled when she lost interest. That being said, I have a feeling that going into a Disney film she would expect a good chance of reprising the role.
While Jolie is currently busy finishing ‘By the Sea’ and Marvel has her on the short list of directors for ‘Captain Marvel,’ this could be a great role to return to. Assuming of course they can provide a script worth of her time and ours.
Do you think Disney should return Maleficent to the big screen for another run? After how the first film came to a close would you want her to return as a villainess, an anti-hero, or a straight out hero? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Wrap