The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptation. Still, they’re gonna keep making em’. They’re an easy sell – a way to continue cashing in on established brands. There’s literally no new fairy tales, so of course they’re gonna keep tapping the same well.

This latest announcement, though, may have you groaning a little louder and a little more confused than usual.

Disney is planning a Maleficent sequel! Because of course.

Deadline reports that Disney has hired Linda Woolverton, who scripted the first film, to work on the followup.While Angelina Cheekbones Jolie does not have a deal in place to put her in the sequel, it is assumed she will back farting around on wings of black.

Maleficent, released in 2014, was directed by Robert Stromberg and tells the previously-untold story of the iconic villain from Disney’s 1959 animated 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.

Maleficent didn’t do much to stand apart or above any of Disney’s other live-action fairy tales.The first film played on themes of female empowerment, revenge, regret, and, of course, love. Ultimately, it played out as follows: villains and evil don’t actually exist, its all a bunch of mis-understandings!

I suppose, if you’re in for another visual spectacle and are content with admiring Jolie’s captivating and stylish portrayal, you should be pleased for another go-around with Maleficent.

Oh, and just to assure you that live-action fairy tales are here to stay – An Alice in Wonderland sequel is on the way, along with new versions of The Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio. Enjoy.

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