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.
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