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With Hollywood’s current fairy-tale craze in full swing thanks to the runaway success of Disney’s Cinderella, Warner Bros. and Team Downey are pressing ahead with a live-action Pinocchio remake and have tapped The Master writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson to write a draft.
The Giver scribe Michael Mitnick penned the most recent version of the script, which had previous drafts by Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman. Robert Downey Jr. had been tweaking Mitnick’s take over the past six months in order to try to create the right feel for the live-action pic. Now, though, it appears that he’s passed it off to Anderson, a good friend with whom he’s been attempting to collaborate for some time.
WB and Team Downey are looking at Anderson to perfect the script and then direct, marking a departure from the helmer’s more dramatic, narratively complex films (he last made »
- Isaac Feldberg
Angelina Jolie is teaching her daughter the importance of giving back! The Oscar-winning actress brought daughter Shiloh on a humanitarian trip to Turkey in honor of World Refugee Day. The mother-daughter duo was photographed with Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during their outing on Saturday. After visiting a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp, Mrs. Brad Pitt spoke out about the importance of getting involved with what could be the "worst refugee crisis ever recorded." "Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced," Jolie said in a statement posted online. "Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights." "People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits," she continued. We love that Angie brought »
- tooFab Staff
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The production of a Maleficent (2014) sequel is in the works and Disney has hired famed screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) to work on the next blockbuster. Linda Woolverton Writes ‘Maleficent’ Sequel, Angelina Jolie Still In Talks The 2014 Disney film Maleficent is a dark action re-imagined fantasy of the 1950s animated Disney movie […]
- Shantel Whitaker
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Maleficent 2: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year, and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One. If all goes well, he will join a cast led by Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn; Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is set to direct. Described as a heist movie, the story will follow rebel soldiers who attempt to steal the plans for the Death...
- Peter Martin
Sharpen your cheekbones, "Maleficent" fans! The mistress of all evil is back. Disney is prepping a sequel to their big-budget origin story, Access Hollywood confirmed on Tuesday. The studio has secured a deal with screenwriter Linda Woolverton to pen a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster, which grossed nearly $760 million worldwide. Star Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, is being reportedly kept "in the loop" throughout the early development phase. Although there's no definite word on whether the actress will reprise her role as the cunning sorceress, the project is being crafted with her in mind. Angelina is known for being selective when ...
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Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.
Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.
Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline reports that Disney's sequel to 2014's Maleficent is starting to take shape. Linda Woolverton will return to write the script, while Angelina Jolie has reportedly been kept "in the loop" to reprise her role of the fairy turned villain turned awesome foster mom. No word yet on whether or not Elle Fanning will also be brought back onboard, but we'd totally watch a spinoff of a spinoff with just Angelina and her raven (played in the first film by Sam Riley) meddling in other people's business. Maybe it'll end up on Netflix, too. »
- Dee Lockett
Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" was a big win for Disney, earning $754 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. A sequel was inevitable. And now comes word that the studio has started making moves toward "Maleficent 2." Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) has been hired to write the script. While it has yet to be confirmed that Jolie will reprise her role, the script is being written with the actress in mind. It's also being reported that Jolie is keeping track of the development process, which may hint that she's interested in returning. While Joe Roth will be back to produce, it's unclear whether Robert Stromberg will be back to direct. Stay tuned. »
Disney hopes that one fairy tale sequel will come true.
Deadline reports that things are moving ahead for a follow-up to 2014's blockbuster "Maleficent," which starred Angelina Jolie as the titular enchantress. Disney has hired Linda Woolverton to write the script, and is "keeping Jolie in the loop and that the sequel will be written for her to reprise."
"Maleficent" was a massive success, raking in over $758 million at the box office, and it set off a flurry of live-action reboots of Disney's animated classics. "Cinderella" was a hit this spring, and the studio is working on "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson.
The biggest question mark, of course, is whether Jolie would reprise her role. As Deadline notes, Jolie isn't high on making sequels; she turned down follow-ups to "Salt" and "Wanted." And as she USA Today of making a possible sequel, "I just feel like we did »
- Kelly Woo
Maleficent: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations...
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Maleficent 2 will be realised by The Walt Disney Company following a hugely successful retelling of the story in the first film, which was released last year. Word is coming in via TheWrap that the Mouse House are looking to develop a sequel with Joe Roth returning to produce and screenwriter Linda Woolverton penning a new script. Director Robert Stromberg is not expected to return.
While it is not known as to whether Angelina Jolie is to come back to play the title character in Maleficent 2, Disney will be very, very keen that she does. The first film grossed a whopping $758 million around the world including $241 million in its home territory – a huge success for Disney. The budget was said to be around $180 million. »
- Paul Heath
One of the most successful transitions of animated film to live action movie that Disney has enjoyed thus far was last year's Maleficent. The movie, which told the backstory of Sleeping Beauty's villain, grossed over $750m at the worldwide box office, and proved to be one of 2014's biggest hits.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has hired Linda Woolverton, who penned the first movie, to put together a script for a Maleficent sequel. Angelina Jolie hasn't been confirmed to return, but it's hard to imagine a follow-up working without her. Robert Stromberg, who helmed the original, is not confirmed to return either.
But it's Jolie who's likely to be pivotal here. »
It seems that Maleficent's backstory is not completely finished, as Disney has set its sights on a sequel to 2014's live-action movie.
According to The Wrap, Disney wants Angelina Jolie back as the titular character, although no deal has been done yet.
Likewise, the writer behind last year's retelling Linda Woolverton has also been approached about making the follow-up's screenplay.
Maleficent was a box office hit for Disney, after grossing $760 million worldwide. Watch a trailer below: »
I doubt anyone is surprised to hear Disney is moving forward with a sequel to the Angelina Jolie starrer Maleficent, which may have looked like a bit of a risk before its May 2014 release as it carried a budget of $180 million, but after $758+ million worldwide it became quite clear Disney's live action fairy tales were gold mines. Alice in Wonderland brought in $1+ billion in 2010 and Cinderella tallied $532+ million earlier this year on only a $95 million budget. In all likelihood I would expect Maleficent 2 to come in under that original $180 million price tag, though I bet Jolie doesn't come cheap and in order to make a Maleficent sequel you sorta want the star of the original film... rightc Linda Woolverton, who penned the original along with Alice in Wonderland as well as the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass, will write the sequel with the intention of keeping Jolie in the loop, »
- Brad Brevet
Surprise! We're taking another trip to the forest kingdom. It looks like Disney fans have another sequel to look forward to now that news of the studio working toward making another Maleficent movie has hit the Internet. According to the Deadline, Disney has already started making moves to bring part two of the 2014 box office hit to the big screen by bringing on Linda Woolverton to write the sequel. But what about Angelina Jolie?! It seems obvious that another film wouldn't be possible without the A-lister, who starred in the flick, however it doesn't look like Disney has secured a contract with Jolie. The studio is keeping Jolie in the loop, acording to the article, and the sequel will be »
Disney's live-action take on Maleficent, the classic Disney villain who radiated evil in 1959's Sleeping Beauty, was an enormous success for the studio; it may have cost a pretty penny but it brought in $758 million worldwide. Disney is looking to recapture some of that glory as Deadline announced today that the studio is beginning to move forward with a sequel to Maleficent. Linda Woolverton,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
In 2014, Maleficent earned Walt Disney Pictures more than more than $758 million worldwide and made the live-action reboot trend a viable option. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Disney is developing a sequel for the Angelina Jolie-led reimagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Deadline reports that Maleficent screenwriter Linda Woolverton is returning to pen the sequel with an aim for Jolie to reprise her role. Woolverton is the only talent confirmed to return at this point, but the report notes that Jolie is "kept in the loop", though her involvement would require a new deal. [caption id="attachment_326851" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] The first film was an inversion of the Sleeping Beauty's classic narrative, following the villainess Maleficent, chronicling how she became the vindictive woman who cursed the princess Aurora, and painting her in a sympathetic light. The success of a sequel will no doubt depend on drawing Jolie back, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.
Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by Wme.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
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