Fairy tales have always been hot properties in Hollywood. The recent trend of fairy tale movies has been not to simply retell the story, but to explore the story and characters from every angle and side.
So it’s no surprise that Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Sleeping Beauty update, Maleficent, is following that lead. With Angelina Jolie in the leading role and Robert Stromberg making his directing debut the June production start date is quickly rolling around.
Jolie spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the part and what audiences can expect when the evil sorceress comes to the big screen.
“It sounds really crazy to say that there will be something that’s good for young girls in this,” says Jolie, “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… 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 [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. It doesn’t flip it.”
“I’ve already got my horns fitted,” adds Jolie. “My kids are very happy… We’re still figuring out the look. We’re experimenting with different things. But the horns are the horns – you can’t deny them. You have to have horns.”
It’ll be interesting to see Jolie pull this off. The release date for Maleficent is currently unknown, but check back for details, we’ll post them as they are announced.