This just came through a Disney press release announcing that the live-action film surrounding one of Disney’s most notorious villains, Maleficent, will be hitting theaters on March 14, 2014. Angelina Jolie has been set to star in the titular role for a while now, but things have been quiet for a while about the film until now. The release also gives the barest of plot details on the film:
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a U.S. release date of March 14, 2014, for Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Leading a team of visionary filmmakers known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting worlds, Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland). Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).
I’m not going to lie here…I’m interested. It’s not that I’m a huge fan of Sleeping Beauty or anything, but I’m intrigued at seeing Disney’s take on a ‘fall-from-grace’ story. Not every film does that type of story justice, so I’m curious to see how they handle it. Of course as more news on the film comes out, we’ll be there to cover it.