Disney fans rejoice! The much loved Maleficent franchise is not over yet. In an exclusive article, Deadline announced that a sequel to the blockbuster hit is in the works. The original film cost a whopping $180 million, but seeing as it brought in $760 million worldwide, it’s no wonder Disney is taking another crack at it. Not to mention it was just a really incredible film.
While little information has been released about the film, a script penned by Linda Woolverton is in the works and Angelina Jolie is rumored to reprise her role. This is a big deal given that the actress typically has a “no-sequel” rule attributed to the Tomb Raider franchise. She hasn’t signed onto the project yet but was once quoted saying, “there might be an opportunity to play [Maleficent] again.” The character was a childhood favorite for her.
There’s nothing to point toward Elle Fanning being involved with the project but Joe Roth will produce again. There is also no word on whether Robert Stromberg will be back directing.
If you ask me, it’s way too soon to release this news. The way things work in Hollywood, nothing is set in stone until the script is locked and that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Fingers crossed this thing actually gets off the ground.
Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.
Best Family Flick
Big Hero 6
Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
WINNER – LEGO Movie
I am a huge LEGO buff so it makes sense this was one of my favorite movies of the year especially since I worked at The LEGO Store during a lot of the post release for the film and I can not tell you how many times I have heard “Everything is Awesome!” But this film held a very special place in my heart for films this year because of my love for LEGOs, but also because of my love of animation and all things pop culture which the film was filled with. The film itself was a perfect mix of family and adult humor. The ultimate message of that everyone has the potential to be special but it is how you use your talents and what you have that can make you special is a great message to kids. In addition, the hero of the movie was not Batman or the typical archetype, but your regular old construction worker; that is sure to make any normal child feel they have the talent to improve the world if they try. – Jacob
Second Place – How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon has become a very cherished movie to most. This year’s sequel only furthered this intoxication with all things Toothless. Build-A-Bear Toothless dolls sold out everywhere in anticipation for the film. As people swooped in to enjoy owning their very own pet dragon I even considered fighting a 6 year old girl at comic con for one when I couldn’t get my own. The second movie did the impossible, and gave us a reasonable back story for Hiccup’s absent mother, and again showcased what is possible when you have a loving companion dragon by your side. This movie made me laugh, cry, and hate my life for the single fact that I will never be able to live in this beautiful world of dragons. It’s too late to see this masterpiece in theaters, but I would strongly recommend making a point to watch this with any family and friends you have. – Sara
Third Place – Maleficent
I knew I was going to automatically like this movie even before I saw it. Does that make me biased? Probably, but I don’t care. Maleficent is hands down the baddest witch in town and being played by Angelina Jolie just made her perfect. But beyond the reputation and the actress who played the part (above and beyond), Maleficent did a fantastic job at drawing the audience in and giving us a lot of feels. Many times, a retelling can seem too far fetched, but the retelling of Maleficent’s story seemed plausible, if not probable. And those wings? Bad. Ass. – Adrian
RUNNER UP – Big Hero 6
Big Hero Six: the ass-kicking, robot-building, heart-warming movie of the year. Right off the bat it was awesome, a genius child with no direction using his prodigal engineering skills to enter robot fights. Later, with the guidance of his older brother he decides to use his talents in a more practical way. This all leads to him meeting his brothers invention, the medical robot Betamax and that is where his adventure begins. I loved this movie because of that warm, cliche feeling of the hero being triumphant in the end after overcoming physical and emotional hardship. It also is very diverse when it comes to the engineering department of his school, all of his friends coming from different racial backgrounds. I also loved that it could inspire kids to enter STEM fields in college and change the world through science. This movie definitely gets my vote for one of the best movies of the year. – Jojo
RUNNER UP – The Book of Life
With a better afterlife than Corpse Bride and better colors than a Sesame Street acid trip, The Book of Life is one of the best family movies in recent history. It’s a fun romp through the world of the dead. My favorite part is the fact that one of the producers is king of creepy goodness Guillermo Del Toro, unexpected and wonderful. The story is fun little love triangle between Manolo and Joaquin as they fight for the beautiful Maria. Channing Tatum brings a good humor to the story as Joaquin, a lady killer military man. In a wager between a fighting couple, of the spirit world variety, Manolo, Diego Luna, is sent to the Land of the Remembered after being bitten by a poisonous snake, he of course has to fight his way back to the realm of the living to win the heart of the lovely Maria, Zoe Saldana. Gather the whole family and enjoy this sugar skull full of fun. – Scott