Saturday, January 7, 2012

'Maleficent’ Finds a Director

I hadn't noticed much news about this one recently, but hadn't forgotten. Apparently it is still under consideration. Excerpted from ‘Maleficent’ Finds a Director in Production Designer and VFX Supervisor Robert Stromberg by Angie Han:

Over the past two years, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent has attracted the attention of several high-profile directors. Tim Burton was the first one attached to the project, back when it was first announced, and Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, and Guillermo del Toro are among the other names who’ve been rumored or who have expressed interest in the film.

The man who’s actually landed the job, however, is somewhat lesser known. Disney has tapped visual effects supervisor and production designer Robert Stromberg to helm the film, which will mark his directorial debut.

Scripted by Alice in Wonderland scribe Linda Woolverton, Maleficent follows the Sleeping Beauty tale from the villainess’ point of view. [Angelina Jolie] has been attached to star as the self-titled “Mistress of All Evil” since 2010. Maleficent falls neatly into the revisionist fairy tale trend that’s hot in Hollywood at the moment, along with such movies as Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror, Mirror, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.


  1. I don't know whether to look forward to it or not, I think Angelina Jolie is a poor choice but I guess that could still change. I think it could either give Maleficent more depth or ruin her entirely. I've also heard Disney want to do a live action Cinderella movie, don't think that's necessary either.

  2. this sounds really interesting but I kind of wish Guillermo was directing. And i'm not sure about Angelina either. It's not that I don't think she can act, but she's not often cast in movies that turn out to be particularly substantial.

  3. I'm really not sure how I feel about this. I feel like Maleficent is such a large figure within the Disney canon and I'm just not sure what I think. Angelina Jolie seems like such an obvious choice to the point of it being cliche. I guess my other problem of course is that Maleficent is a Disney construct, so while, yes, it's a retelling, it's a strictly Disney retelling, and, well, we already have one of those.