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Disney moves forward on Maleficent sequel; hopes Angelina Jolie will return

06.15.2015

Disney's live-action take on Maleficent, the classic Disney villain who radiated evil in 1959's SLEEPING BEAUTY, was an enormous success for the studio; it may have cost a pretty penny but it brought in $758 million worldwide. Disney is looking to recapture some of that glory as Deadline announced today that the studio is beginning to move forward with a sequel to MALEFICENT.

Linda Woolverton, who penned the first film, has been hired to write the sequel and Disney is keeping Angelina Jolie in the loop with the hope that she will reprise her role. Angelina Jolie's involvement is not a sure thing at the moment, but it's difficult to imagine that Disney will move forward without her, especially if they're looking to get her involved at this early stage.

Here’s the synopsis for those of you who need a refresher:

MALEFICENT is the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

As I haven't yet gotten around to watching MALEFICENT, I'll leave it up to you folks to decide whether the ending of the first film really demanded that a sequel should follow. What say you, is a sequel to MALEFICENT something you're looking forward to?

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Source: Deadline

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11:17AM on 06/16/2015
A sequel is entirely unnecessary. The story itself wrapped up in Maleficent and it was a pretty self-contained story. There's really no where else to take this unless they're planning on bringing the character in a completely different direction, in which case, why not just make a new original movie?
A sequel is entirely unnecessary. The story itself wrapped up in Maleficent and it was a pretty self-contained story. There's really no where else to take this unless they're planning on bringing the character in a completely different direction, in which case, why not just make a new original movie?
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5:40AM on 06/16/2015
Yawn...
Yawn...
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1:25AM on 06/16/2015

this seems dumb

movies like Malificent should be a one-off. if they want to "sequel" it, they should just have Angelina do another classic Disney villain. like, i bet she'd make an interesting Jafar.
movies like Malificent should be a one-off. if they want to "sequel" it, they should just have Angelina do another classic Disney villain. like, i bet she'd make an interesting Jafar.
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11:56PM on 06/15/2015
I enjoyed the first one, but not really sure where a sequel would go storywise.
As for those whining about Tron 3, Maleficent made around 300$ millions more than Tron 2, on pretty much the same budget. That's probably why they're going with this instead of Tron.
I enjoyed the first one, but not really sure where a sequel would go storywise.
As for those whining about Tron 3, Maleficent made around 300$ millions more than Tron 2, on pretty much the same budget. That's probably why they're going with this instead of Tron.
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11:06PM on 06/15/2015
So they make this instead of Tron 3? Come on, man!
So they make this instead of Tron 3? Come on, man!
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10:52PM on 06/15/2015

This is executive speak for

"We're loading up the Brinks truck with a s***load of money right now."

There's no way a sequel will happen without Angelina Jolie.
"We're loading up the Brinks truck with a s***load of money right now."

There's no way a sequel will happen without Angelina Jolie.
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10:28PM on 06/15/2015
Will she actually be a villain this time around? Oh wait, I don't care.
Will she actually be a villain this time around? Oh wait, I don't care.
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8:35PM on 06/15/2015
If she knows what is right she will not return.
If she knows what is right she will not return.
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8:22PM on 06/15/2015
Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the first one, but if Jolie isn't game on returning, than don't even bother.
Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the first one, but if Jolie isn't game on returning, than don't even bother.
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7:53PM on 06/15/2015

Yeah, so much better than TR3N

Who is running this studio?
Who is running this studio?
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8:50PM on 06/15/2015
my thoughts exactly
my thoughts exactly
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