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.
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, and the actress has been notoriously difficult to lock down for sequels, declining to return for planned follow-ups to Salt and Wanted.
While 2010’s Alice in Wonderland (also scripted by Woolverton) was Disney’s first major venture into live-action reboots of their fairytale classics, it was Maleficent that got the re-imagining trend off the ground, bringing home more than four times its reported $180 million budget. Following the success of Maleficent and this year’s lovely Cinderella, Disney has an absolutely insane amount of live-action reboots on the docket including an Alice in Wonderland sequel, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Tinkerbell, Mulan, Pinoccio and even Winnie the Pooh.