In January we heard that Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton was developing a live-action take on Maleficent, the wicked fairy godmother who cast the original spell on Sleeping Beauty. Burton hasn’t officially signed on to direct yet and it seems he is still deciding what his next project will be, however earlier this week Disney hired Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the script, which may increase the chances of him sitting in the director’s chair.
With the project just entering the scripting stage casting may be a bit premature, although according to the L.A Times an actress who goes by the name of Angelina Jolie may be interested in playing the title character.
Both Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie had last spring been rumored to join the project, which Disney has been kicking around for a while as a way to mine its library, among other things. Burton’s involvement remains unclear as he contemplates several projects. But sources say that, as of the last few weeks, Jolie is keen on the film and would like to sign on to play the titular villain.
There’s no deal (or, for that matter, script) yet. And it’s unclear if Jolie’s involvement would be conditional on Burton moving forward with it too. But it’s nonetheless notable that Jolie — who has no new movie after shooting the international thriller “The Tourist” — is actively engaging with the material and could, according to sources, very well star in the film when all is said and done.
This would be something new for Jolie who hasn’t ventured into the fairy tale/Disney world before. In Beowulf she got a taste of the fantasy element, but that film was for mature audiences. With the writer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast penning the script Maleficent shouldn’t be that dark, and Disney may be aiming for a similar tone to that of Alice in Wonderland.
Do you think Angelina Jolie would be a good choice to play a wicked fairy godmother who has the ability to morph into a fire-breathing dragon?