"Maleficent" Movie Moving Forward! Disney Hires "Alice" Writer! 


We exclusively broke this story back in May, Disney wanting to make a film about the evil queen from the 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty." When we first told you about this story, Angelina Jolie was being talked about as a possible star to don the witchy outfit of "Maleficent." (See our original story "EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!")

Now, The Hollywood Reporter learned that "Alice in Wonderland" screenwriter Linda Woolverton has been hired by Disney to pen the project about the mistress of all evil!

Woolverton previously wrote 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" and 1994's "The Lion King" for Disney.

But I don't know why everyone is saying Tim Burton may direct! According to my super-reliable Disney source, the idea of retelling "Sleeping Beauty" from the point of view of Maleficent came from Brad Bird, the fantastic writer/director of "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille" among others.

Sure, Burton has a great, profitable relationship with Disney, but so does Bird. If the studio is thinking of an edgy but family-friendly film (a Burton territory) look no further than "The Incredibles!" Bird made an excellent family-friendly film about a superhero family questioning their superhero morals!

I'm voting for Bird to tackle this project! For more on the "Maleficent" project, click here.

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