Angelina Jolie has confirmed that a sequel to Maleficent is officially in development, with her planning to make a return to the role of the titular anti-villain and development of a script well underway.
At the Telluride Film Festival, Jolie spoke to representatives for Deadline about her upcoming Netflix-distributed movie First They Killed My Father. During the conversation, Jolie also confirmed that another Maleficent movie is also in development:
“We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel.”
Thus far, there is no word on whether or not any of the cast of the first film – including Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Brendon Thwaites as Prince Phillip – will be returning for the sequel. On another note, Maleficient 2 joins the ever-expanding list of live-action remakes and re-imaginings that Disney has taken interest in developing over the past decade or so, with remakes of Aladdin, Dumbo, and Mulan becoming future movies to bring from the realm of animation to live-action – and it’s particularly notable as, aside from Alice Through The Looking Glass, it’s the only sequel to one of the other movies they’ve already made.
Maleficent 2 is currently in development with no set release date. Angelina Jolie will return as the title character.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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