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jg121285
03-24-2010, 02:23 PM
March 23, 2010

Disney, 'Alice' scribe team for film about 'Sleeping Beauty's' evil queen (exclusive)

Having scored a hit with "Alice in Wonderland," Disney and screenwriter Linda Woolverton are teaming to bring to the big screen "Maleficent," a live-action take on the evil queen in the 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty."

"Maleficent" might reunite Woolverton with Tim Burton; it's one of a handful of projects the filmmaker is circling. His interest in the character was piqued in the summer when he was in post on "Alice," and the studio and Burton's camp have been trying to keep a lid on the project, though the Web site Ain't It Cool News mentioned Burton's interest in January.

No deal has been made with Burton, and the hiring of Woolverton is the first concrete step forward in its development.

In "Beauty," Maleficent is a tall green-skinned woman with horns who can morph into several forms, including a terrifying black and purple dragon. The character, who has appeared in many Disney books and TV shows and is a popular Halloween costume, is also the most serious character in Disney's villain stable, featuring a darkness not found in other Disney characters.

Woolverton_linda_200 Woolverton's "Maleficent" movie would tell the classic fairy tale from the point of view of the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil," offering a new take on a classic tale as she did with Lewis Carrol's "Alice."

It is unclear just how dark and edgy Disney -- which had no comment on the project -- wants to make "Maleficent." The dragon scenes in the 1959 feature, for example, are notable for their intensity. But if any filmmaker has a successful track record of making the dark and weird work for families, it's Burton.

CAA-repped Woolverton has a long history with Disney, and is best known for having written on the 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" and 1994's "The Lion King."
http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/03/disney-alice-scribe-team-for-film-about-sleeping-beautys-evil-queen-exclusive.html

This would be cool. I just saw Sleeping Beauty for the first time a few months ago and Maleficent became my favorite Disney villain :maleficen

hichewlova
03-24-2010, 03:11 PM
One of the best evil Disney characters - glad to see she is getting her own film!

MickeyMirth
03-26-2010, 08:06 AM
Oh yeah! Maleficent is my favorite character. I love the artwork. I think she was created by Marc Davis. Since my daughter told me about this we've had a running discussion about who should play the part. Haven't even narrowed the list down but we are in total agreement about who should not be cast.

Raindown
03-26-2010, 10:36 AM
I think the casting decision for princess aurora is going to make or break it for me ;)

MickeyMirth
03-27-2010, 07:55 AM
I think the casting decision for princess aurora is going to make or break it for me ;)

We haven't moved on to this discussion yet. It should be a lively one!

DisneyCrazy915
03-27-2010, 10:00 AM
I love the idea, but I think I would wind up either really loving it or really hating it. Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney classic, and Maleficent my favorite villain. If they decided to go the Wicked route and turn her into some horribly misunderstood fairy, I don't think I'd be to thrilled. Now if they made her someone who just loves being evil, I'm all for it. Anyway, just my thoughts :goodvibes

MickeyMirth
03-27-2010, 06:02 PM
Yes, it would be best not to twiddle around with Maleficent.:)

the horned king
04-05-2010, 12:07 PM
It would be nice to see her have her own movie. She is my favorite disney villain.

MickeyMirth
04-05-2010, 02:29 PM
It would be nice to see her have her own movie. She is my favorite disney villain.


Can you imagine how she'd take it if she didn't get her own movie?

the horned king
04-05-2010, 08:12 PM
Oh yes I do. She would release all the powers of HELL! HAHAHAHA!