It’s been years since “Maleficent” was first announced, but apparently Angelina Jolie is finally ready to settle down with the project. She has expressed interest in the “Sleeping Beauty” spin-off since its early days back in 2010, but the project never quite came together. Now, however, “Maleficent” is actually pretty close to going in front of the camera.
Back in January, it was announced that “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” production designer Robert Stromberg will direct the project. Apparently that was all the forward momentum the film needed, because The Hollywood Reporter has learned that this will be Jolie’s next project after she’s done with “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
“I haven’t acted in two years, and I haven’t done anything else since this. The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie,” she said at a news conference at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Apparently she is mostly interested in “Maleficent” because her children keep begging her to do it, in addition to the fact she’s long been attached to the project. Jolie said that her children have gone as far as calling her “mom-elicent” to try to get her to do the movie.
“The best thing to find that balance is to do something that is just for children,” Jolie said in Berlin. “You know, you find different ways to make things matter. When, for example, you do fun action movies, they are empowering for my daughters.”
This is bad news for her planned collaboration with Luc Besson, which was supposed to be her next movie. When MTV News caught up with Jolie at the premiere of her other children’s movie, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” she admitted that she’s been in love with Linda Woolverton’s script for “Maleficent” for a very long time. But even more than that, Jolie has been a life-long fan of the titular character.
“I would love to [do it],” she said. “It’s all new and being discussed, but I loved [Maleficent] when I was a little girl, she was my favorite.”
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