Producer Joe Roth Discusses Maleficent And Alice In Wonderland Sequel

In an interview with Collider while promoting Disney's Oz: The Great & Powerful, producer Joe Roth talks about two of the studio's other planned fantasy films: Maleficent (which stars Angelina Jolie as the classic Sleeping Beauty villainess) and a sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 hit Alice In Wonderland. For the former, he says that they approached a story that doesn't make Maleficent "completely evil", making her a sympathetic character and somebody who has a story. "We flipped it on its head. Linda Woolverton wrote that, who also wrote Alice in Wonderland, and she also wrote Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. So, I’m trusting her imagination and understanding of telling a story that the curse on Sleeping Beauty wasn’t made by someone who was completely evil, and that she also had a story." He also says that casting Angelina Jolie was crucial to the film, and believes
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