There is a demand from the public to have their classic fables and stories reinvented. From films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, to television programs like Grimm and Once Upon A Time, it is clear there is a desire to see classic tales told in a darker fashion. We are living in the age of the anti-hero and Disney will continue the trend with their latest upcoming offering, Maleficent (check out the trailer). Angelina Jolie plays the title role, the dark witch from the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. This reinterpretation will follow the tale from Maleficent’s point of view and will give her character a richer backstory. In this featurette released by Disney (via Collider) they explain how they approached the story:
Maleficent will be in theaters May, 30th 2014. It stars Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning.
Sources: Collider and Walt Disney