Disney is capitalizing on the large set of characters that have become icons through their various projects over the last 50 years.
Maleficent, featuring Angelina Jolie in the title role, is set to be released next year on May 30.
Disney describes the movie as "the untold story" of "a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman" who has "an idyllic life growing up in the peaceable forest kingdom" until an evil army invades the land.
"Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well."
Ever since I read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, I've enjoyed projects that feature the villain's side of the story.
With an actress like Jolie in the lead role, it seems like this movie will at least be worth checking out. Set in an enchanted kingdom and budgeted by Disney, Maleficent seems like it could be good. I'm hoping it will be as good as Snow White and The Huntsman, the non-Disney movie from 2012 that is perhaps most famous for causing the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Last October, Disney announced plans to make a live action Cruella de Vil movie. Perez Hilton said Glenn Close is not confirmed as the actress in this movie, but she will be an executive producer.
I'm not sure who they'd find to play Cruella who could do as good a job as Glenn Close did. If Glenn reprises her role, the movie could be pretty good. Although this project does seem a little odd to me.
Isn't 101 Dalmatians essentially a Cruella de Vil movie? They can't go too far into the past because the heartless, fur-loving Cruella is what makes that character entertaining. I'm not sure a background story would be very interesting in her case.
Next up on Disney's live action plan is a live action movie that will feature the offspring of various Disney villains and heroes.
By the description it sounds like the story would be similar to Once Upon A Time but made in a Harry Potter-esque style, attracting teenage fans.
What they should be doing is bringing a little masculinity into the live action Disney scene by making a movie about Jafar.
He's one of the classic Disney villains, moreso than Maleficent or the evil queen from Snow White in my opinion.
With Jafar's outfits, his snake staff and his magic powers, that project would certainly be visual. I wouldn't mind a live action Aladdin movie, but I'd start with Jafar first.
It'd be interesting to see a young Jafar make his way up the wizarding ranks of Agrabah, eventually becoming Grand Vizier to the Sultan. Disney could even use their Once Upon A Time in Wonderland actor, Naveen Andrews, to play Jafar.
Besides Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Maleficent and Cruella de Vil, Jafar has got to be the best Disney villain there is. The Maleficent and Cruella projects are already done or in the works. I'm hoping Jafar is next.
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