Maleficent

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Link to our thread on Sleeping Beauty (1959).

 

Links to threads on Linda Woolverton's other films The Lion King (1994), Arctic Tale (2007) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). We don't seem to have any threads on Beauty and the Beast (1991), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) or Mulan (1998).

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Will Angelina Jolie wake Sleeping Beauty?
With "Maleficent," the postmodern take on "Sleeping Beauty," gaining momentum at Disney, there's also a star who could be surging with it: Angelina Jolie.
Earlier this week, the news broke that Disney had hired its longtime collaborator Linda Woolverton ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King") to work on the screenplay for the live-action take on the 50-year-old hit. (Maleficent is the evil fairy godmother in the Disney film; this story would be told, "Wicked"-like, from her perspective.)
Both Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie had last spring been rumored to join the project, which Disney has been kicking around for a while as a way to mine its library, among other things. Burton's involvement remains unclear as he contemplates several projects. But sources say that, as of the last few weeks, Jolie is keen on the film and would like to sign on to play the titular villain.
Los Angeles Times, March 26

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AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH

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:lol:

I thought you might have an opinion on this. :)

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AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH AARGH

I'm actually glad somebody beat me to this for a change.

Are there no more babies being born? Are there no kids under the age of six? What's going on in the world? All of the kids' classics are all being perverted now.

I personally blame it all on Hooked.

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Tim Burton Won't Direct Disney's 'Maleficent' (Exclusive)

Burton was only loosely attached to the project but his involvement was significant enough that last year the studio hired Burton's Alice in Wonderland collaborator Linda Woolverton, who also wrote Disney’s The Lion King, to pen the script. The project is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jolie.

Disney is not about to put Maleficent into a suspended-animation sleep. The studio is now on the hunt for a new director. One of the names that has surfaced in the early search is David Yates, who helmed the past four Harry Potter movies. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, May 16

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The latest director rumoured to be in the running for this film is ... David O. Russell?

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Disney Sets Robert Stromberg To Helm ‘Maleficent’

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has tapped Robert Stromberg to make his feature directorial debut on Maleficent, the Linda Woolverton-scripted revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that is being constructed as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie to play the villainess. While Stromberg is new to the director’s chair, he is no stranger to dealing with big-ticket spectacle films. He has been production designer on Avatar and Alice In Wonderland, and Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great And Powerful. He also worked on visual effects for such films as 2012, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End and Master And Commander. . . .

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, January 6

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Elle Fanning as Aurora? Wow. She's growing up so fast. Edited by Overstreet

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Sharlto Copley In Talks To Join Angelina Jolie in Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

EXCLUSIVE: Sharlto Copley is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent. He will play King Stefan in the live-action film, which tells the backstory of Sleeping Beauty and why the evil fairy (played by Jolie) cursed Princess Aurora in the first place. . . .

Deadline.com, May 3

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Juno Temple Joins Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' (Exclusive)

Elle Fanning already is on board as Aurora and Sharlto Copley is Stefan, the half-human and half-fairy bastard son of the human king. Also in the cast are Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter), Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham), Sam Riley (Brighton Rock) and Lesley Manville (Another Year).

Temple would join Staunton and Manville as the three pixie fairies in the classic fairy tale who are tasked with taking care of Aurora in the cottage in the woods. Temple will play Thistletwit, who -- like the other pixies, Knotgrass and Flittle -- is neglectful and superficial. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, May 17

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Tchaikovsky as you've never heard him before!

 

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I'll give them this.  None of the other trailers made any impression upon me whatsoever.

 

Since seeing this most recent one early this morning, it's stuck in my head all day.

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Honestly, I was wondering about this today.  Living in the L.A. area, I get to see a lot of movie billboards earlier than some of you.  I have to say that the Maleficent ones have not been good.  The one I mainly see is this style....

 

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From a distance, the title does not stand out, and neither does Jolie.  The crow (raven) wings are the dominant feature.  And I'm sure this isn't something that Disney would want to hear, but every time I catch a glimpse of this particular ad, I think it's a Lone Ranger billboard that, for some reason, hasn't been taken down...the-lone-ranger-johnny-depp640.jpg

 

Bad marketing decision, Disney....

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I was doing an Internet survey where they showed me a rough trailer (I won't say anything, so that I won't get sued). When it asked me why I wasn't interested, I opened up Microsoft Word so that I could save what I said. I love participating in surveys where I am as far as it gets from the target audience.

"Well, first of all I'm not too interested in the film itself, given that my feelings about Disney are that their products since Walt's death have missed something (and no, Pixar doesn't count). Second, while I am not opposed to the concept of a derivative work of art that offers an altered perspective on a well-established narrative (just look at Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, or Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea), it's not as if I'm expecting Disney to pull out some brilliant Derrida-esque deconstruction. Hey, I saw The Lion King 1/2."

 

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Saw the trailer in front of the Amazing Spiderman 2.  I thought it was good enough to get me interested in the movie and gives me some hope that they will have made something great.  But then I also have my concerns along with some of the points mentioned in this thread.

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The trailer cemented my disinterest and makes it look like another ALICE IN WONDERLAND, adding unnecessary battles and twists on the "story you thought you knew!" I'm already burned out on "fractured fairy tales" (I can't bring myself to tarnish the intellectual legacy of deconstruction by calling stuff like this and SHREK "deconstructionist"), and I've never gotten the appeal of Angelina Jolie. So, I can safely say I'm not the target audience of this film.

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The creepy digital cheekbones freak me out.

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Apparently this opens in the UK in two days. (And then it opens in North America the day after that, in the late-evening shows.)

 

Has anyone reviewed it anywhere yet?

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The trailer cemented my disinterest and makes it look like another ALICE IN WONDERLAND

 

Also scripted by Linda Woolverton, who will surely wind up scripting the big-screen version of Wicked some day. 

  

Apparently this opens in the UK in two days. (And then it opens in North America the day after that, in the late-evening shows.)

 

Has anyone reviewed it anywhere yet?

 

I was told it's not screening till Wednesday night, the day before the evening shows. Since Wednesday is when we shoot "Reel Faith," I'll be catching it Thursday night. 

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There was a daytime screening in Vancouver yesterday, but I couldn't go because I had a seminar to attend.

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