Robert Stromberg


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 Oz the Great and Powerful earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptations. In theatres this weekend is Maleficent, Disney’s twist on Sleeping Beauty in where focus is put on the tale’s dark villainess instead of the young, cursed princess. (more…)

At this past weekend’s Comic-Con fans eagerly awaited the debut footage of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful and it did not disappoint. The fantastic opening, the transition from black and white to vibrant color, an ending that made you scratch your head, it all looked marvelous. Now Disney has released several images showing off the world of Oz designed by Robert Stromberg.

Having worked on James Cameron’s Avatar and the upcoming Maleficent, Stromberg knows how to bring a story’s visual components to life. And in these half dozen images Disney shows off exactly what their production designer can do. Sure, we’ve already seen much of this in the trailer, but it’s still pretty cool to see more of the colorful and intricate set pieces.

Oz: The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Oz: The Great and Powerful opens in theaters everywhere March 8, 2013.

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Don’t know about you guys, but I’m really, really excited for Maleficant starring Angelina Jolie. I know we’re all a little fairy-taled out right now, but an origin story of a classic fairy tale villain sounds faaaaar more interesting than remaking, say, Snow White for the umpteenth time. Look at the book/stage musical, Wicked which explores the secret history of the Wicked Witch of the West. Yeah, you know Disney was eyeing the piles of money that property made when they were dreaming up Maleficant.

Maleficant is being directed by  Robert Stromberg, traditionally a visual effects artist and also stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. The film will reveal what happened to Maleficant that turned her into the hardened bitch who curses little baby, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. In a previous interview Jolie had this to say about the flick and her role in it,

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.

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.

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.

These new set pics comes courtesy of the Daily Mail and Rumorfix and while they’re that lovely, grainy quality we’ve come to love from leaked set pics, they do show Jolie flying around. So, that’s pretty cool. Check ’em all out in the gallery below.

Jolie just looks so good as Maleficant. Never would I have picked her for the role were I casting, but man, with one promotional image and this slew of on set pics, I’m a fan. Considering Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen was the highlight of Snow White and the Huntsman, I think the time of the villainess has come and Jolie’s going to own.

Are you excited for Maleficant, set to release March 14th, 2013? Was a Jolie a good choice for the classic Disney villain?

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On the heals of the first offical production still of Angelia Jolie as Maleficent (Pictured above) come the first on-set pictures of Jolie in full costume in the British countryside surrounded by cattle. You can check out the full gallery of photos below!

Maleficent hits 3D and 2D theaters on March 14th. Directed by Robert Stromberg, the new look at a classic fantasy tale stars Angelia Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

This is the untold story of one 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.

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That picture up there? That’s the new face of Prince Phillip in the upcoming fairy tale movie, Maleficent.

The Aussie actor is Brenton Thwaites and he’ll be playing opposite Elle Fanning, who’s bound to give a spectacular performance if acting chops run in her family.  If you’re wondering who he is, don’t ask me ’cause I haven’t a clue either.

The film isn’t out til 2014 so we’re still fuzzy on the details (like, oh, what’s the deal?).  We’ll just have to see what the deal is with this Sleeping Beauty story and how this stands up above the 25871 other fairy tale films and TV shows out there as we get closer to its release.

We’ll be seeing some big names in the Robert Stromberg film, including Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson (the last two of whom were both in the Harry Potter films!).  Do you think the hype will hold for the next two years?

Disney, the studio that’s been making movies about princesses for years, may finally be exploring the “dark side” of their universe with Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film is a re-telling of the fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of the evil fairy Maleficent, hence the name. Duh.

The film will be a first for visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, who is taking over for former director Tim Burton after he left to persue Dark Shadows. Because it is the first time that Stromberg will be wielding the power of the director’s chair, it might take a while to shoot. With a story that’s told from the vantage point of the villain and what led her to curse Princess Aurora, this live-action adaptation is projected for a March 14th, 2014 release.

Although waiting just shy of two years feels like an eternity, it’s nothing compared to the wait we’ve already had for Orsen Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game. And it’s going to be just a tad longer – find out why after the jump.

Angelina Jolie really got the ball rolling when she spoke publicly about wanting to play the evil queen in Maleficient.  The project had been in development for quite a while.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, who’s had effects experience with a number of films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Alice in Wonderland.  His experiences with Disney probably helped land him in the hot seat.  It’s all about connections, obviously.

At this moment, Elle Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, is in talks with the studio with regards to playing the role of Princess Aurora – or, better known as Sleeping Beauty.

I think she’d be a great choice.  It’s also interesting that there’s a fairy tale theme emerging with upcoming TV shows and movies…  Are we finally past the vampire phase?

Source: /Film, Deadline