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Old 03-27-2010, 05:28 AM   #1
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Disney, never one to shy from striking while the iron is hot, appears to be revving up production on Maleficent, the story from the perspective of the wicked fairy godmother that casts a spell on Sleeping Beauty, and a key actor may play the villain. Angelina Jolie, who has been rumored to star in every film in pre-production, is reportedly interested in playing the antagonist according to the LA Times, and it would mark a change of pace from her action-oriented film roles of late. If Disney could land Jolie, it would mark a potential headliner that might see the repeat of the success of Tim Burton’s recent smash Alice in Wonderland. In fact, Burton was rumored to be eyeing the project not long ago, while Disney just tabbed Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) to begin drafting the screenplay for the live-action project earlier this week.

For more detail on the project, including a further explanation of the Sleeping Beauty mythos and why Disney is so hot on retelling old stories from a different perspective, hit the jump.

“The wicked fairy godmother is the character who casts the original spell on Sleeping Beauty (a.k.a. Princess Aurora, quoth Wikipedia) that the young girl will prick herself on a splinter and die; Maleficent is an archrival of sorts to the good fairy godmother, who casts a counter-spell that says the girl will sleep for a century and then be awakened by the kiss of a prince. The original versions of the fairy tale don’t name Maleficent; the character was named and shaped by Disney for its 1959 film, and would of course be deepened and amplified for this one.”

With Jolie on the cusp of joining the project, Woolverton on board for the screenplay, Burton’s involvement is highly likely. Woolverton recently worked with Burton on Alice in Wonderland, though the reaction to that film has largely been very mixed. However, there is no denying the film made a ton of money and one can only imagine that this would bring in a hefty amount of money as well if marketed properly. The article also points out that Jolie could draw a key demographic to the live-action film: men.

How much interest she garners from the opposite sex is largely incumbent on the tone of the film, as her character is highly unlikely to be as sultry as she was in Wanted. Nevertheless, Jolie would give the film instant cache in terms of box office potential and one can only assume that Disney will make a push for her involvement.

Meanwhile, this would be yet another old property with a fresh coat of paint. This was recently done with the hit book and musical Wicked, in which the familiar story of the Wizard of Oz is told from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. Disney also managed to capitalize on a different take with Alice, and are attempting to do the same with Rapunzel — I mean — Tangled. The name change was reported by the LA Times earlier this month to be a result of the efforts of Disney trying to remain marketable to the young boys they feel they missed out on in last year’s The Princess and the Frog. As misguided as that may be, this may be a key reason why Jolie might not be the only hot actress involved, both in looks and stock. Whatever happens with Maleficent, expect another gender-neutral name to appear and maybe they will surprise us and keep the film in 2D. Ah, who am I kidding?
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I don't think Angelina Jolie would be a good idea for this role, I actually think Rhona Mitra would be perfect for this. I think this is great, too many stories get told from the perspective of the hero, seeing more stories with the villain as the main character is nice.
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The new gimmick from Hollywood. Let's not break are little brain coming up with original stuff. Let's take a vilain from old stories and tell the story from their point of view. To make original for the viewers, let's do this in 3D with lot's of special effects. Raise the ticket price to $20 so we make even more money without much effort and then sell the Blu-ray with no bonus features so we can release a special edition 3D later on and squeeze more money out of people.
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1st image of Angelina Jolie as the titla villian!!

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Disney announced today that production has started on "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie. In addition to the announcement, the studio also revealed the first shot of Jolie as the title character. Check it out below.

Plot: 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.

The new movie is directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland), who is making his helming debut. It co-stars Shartlo Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, and Juno Temple, and is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on March 14th, 2014.
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Ugh. Just ugh.
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That image gets me a little interested. That is literally all the interest I have in it. I won't knock the movie until I see a trailer, but I can't imagine a good one right now. We'll see.
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She looks Maleficent! Angelina Jolie gets constant touch-ups to her villainous costume as she starts shooting new Disney movie

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Everyone knows that a hair and make-up team are always on standby on a film set, but some stars need it more than others.
Angelina Jolie is certainly in need of regular touch-ups for her latest role and was spotted being pampered on the set of Maleficent in Buckinghamshire today.
The 37-year-old has taken on the role of evil sorcess Maleficient in an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty and to do so, she has undergone something of a transformation.


Playing the part well: Angelina Jolie certainly appeared to be in character as Maleficent as she wandered across the grass on the first day of shooting of the new Disney movie


How do I look? Angelina Jolie speaks with a make-up artist on her first day on the Maleficent movie set

Angelina was seen in the middle of a field today in full costume as she continued to film scenes for the upcoming Disney movie.
Wearing a long brown cape and black horns, the actress was spied having her make-up retouched by a female artist while a male member of the crew dealt with her long brunette hair.
It was only yesterday that fans got a sneak peek of Angelina's character and what they can expect from the fairytale film.


Transformation: The actress was wearing a long brown cape and black horns as she stood in the middle of a field


Time for a touch up: Angelina Jolie has her hair and make-up seen to as she continues to film Disney film Maleficent


Working their magic: A female make-up artist was seen applying a product to Angelina's face while her long hair was held back

Wearing a leather horned headdress, and yellowed contacts, the actress was also given a bit of help in the cheek department with the addition of some Lady Gaga-style cheek prosthetics.
Angelina plays the title role in the updated version of Disney's 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty and of her costuming she said: 'We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns — you can’t deny them. You have to have horns.'


Enjoying herself: The Hollywood star shared a joke with the crew in between takes


Double take: Angelina was surrounded by cattle as she shot her scenes and a lookalike was also on set


Getting into the role: Angelina looked in good spirits on the set, despite a long day of filming


What's so funny? Angelina shared a joke with the crew as she headed back to do another take of one particular scene

In this updated version, the focus of the film centres on the events that hardened Maleficent's heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.
Angelina told EW: 'It’s not anti-princess, but it’s the first time they’re looking at this epic woman.
'I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other [warmer] qualities'


Impressive: Angelina wore a full-skirted dress underneath a huge coat for the scenes


Heading into the light: Two huge studio lights were shone on Angelina as the natural light began to fade on the set of the film

As a woman who is used to dividing opinion, Angelina was clearly attracted to taking on such a 'imperfect' character.
She said: 'It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this, because it sounds like you’re saying they should be a villain. [Maleficent] is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s far from perfect.'
Angelina was seen taking her family to see musical Wicked based on the novel by Gregory Maguire while in London, which similarly tells the story of the Wicked Witch Of The West before she turns bad.

'In general, it’s a very good message to say, “Let’s look at something from the other side.” But then also, what our challenge will be - and the script writer [The Lion King and Alice in Wonderland’s Linda Woolverton] has already cracked it - is not to simplify it, not to just reverse the story but tell a bigger story that doesn’t point the finger [at Princess Aurora] either.'
According to the popular fairytale, Maleficent was angry that she wasn't invited to the beautiful Princess's christening, and as a result cursed the infant to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before the end of her 16th birthday.

Other stars signed up to the film include Miranda Richardson, who will play Queen Ulla, and Juno Temple, as Thistletwit, one of the three fairies tasked with taking care of Aurora in a cottage in the woods - which, going on the set, may now be a tent in a small settlement.
She is joined by Imelda Staunton will play fairy Knotgrass and Lesley Manville who will star as fairy Flittle.

But it is still unclear who will play Prince Philip, Aurora's love and the man who defeats Maleficent, although as other characters' names have been changed, it could well be Control star Sam Riley, who is billed to play Diaval.
The Jolie-Pitts have made the U.K. their temporary home and have been seen on family outings to the theatre and stores.

Crew member have been busy erecting tepee style style tents, stoves over open fires, crumbly brick walls and horse-drawn carts.
And while they work to make the set look perfect for their star, security guards with huge Rottweilers patrol the perimeter.
The film will be directed by Robert Stromberg and is set for release on March 14, 2014.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...#ixzz1yMbY8i00


I know it's gonna change, but I can't say I like this outfit. It looks too much like a costume, I expected it to be more "seamless". The horns could have been more natural-looking as well. They look like an add-on you have glued on somebody. The originals looked like they were an extension of here skull or something.

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I know it's gonna change, but I can't say I like this outfit. It looks too much like a costume, I expected it to be more "seamless". The horns could have been more natural-looking as well. They look like an add-on you have glued on somebody. The originals looked like they were an extension of here skull or something.

I bet they will cgi them on her.
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It's a wee bit early to start criticizing, especially based on lousy paparazzi photos. The first promo image was excellent, so I'm going off of that for now.
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Bleh.

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holy dead thread revival, Batman! There's already a thread discussing this that's been going strong for a long time. It's right there on page one.
Guess this other one got lost. Time to merge.
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Haha! I did a title search by 'Maleficent' and this is the only one that came up. I was wondering why it hadn't been discussed in such a long time.
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Haha! I did a title search by 'Maleficent' and this is the only one that came up. I was wondering why it hadn't been discussed in such a long time.
Guess that's what happened before too. Technically this was the first thread on the movie.
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Guess that's what happened before too. Technically this was the first thread on the movie.
Either way, mods will merge them for us.
And the fact that the announcement still has "Tim Burton" on it, and has the Sept. '10 date, a speedy "what took them so long?" three weeks after You-Know-What, pretty much speaks volumes about the movie.

Thankfully, they're into their ABC Once Upon A Time phase with the fangirls now, we just keep headers like this around to embarrass them.
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