I still remember the first time I saw Sleeping Beauty in the movie theater. The movie premiered before I was even born (1959). When I was younger the local movie theater used to re-release Disney films during the summer. I was lucky enough to see all the classics in the theater.
I found Sleeping Beauty to be scary when I was little. The story it’s self is nice but the evil character of Maleficent was scary. Especially when she turned into a dragon. The “horns” on top of her head made her especially scary looking.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, or have never seen Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great film.
Disney just announced the start of production on the movie Maleficent, which will be in theaters March 14, 2013. The movie is about Maleficent, not Aurora/Briar Rose (“Sleeping Beauty”). This film focuses on Maleficent and how she became disenchanted with the kingdom and what caused her to become evil.
Here is an official release for the film;
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).
“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.
Entertainment Weekly has a brief interview with Angelina Jolie about the movie Maleficent and her part in the film. If you are interested in reading it you can find the review here, http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/06/19/first-look-maleficent.
Here is the first photo of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. She truly does look like a live version of Maleficent. The studios did a great job casting her for this role.
What do you think about this film? Does it sound like something you would want to see in the theater? What do you think about the studio’s choice to case Angelina Jolie in the staring role?
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** Cartoon Maleficent image from the Entertainment Weekly article/interview. Angelina Jolie image courtesy of Disney.