Disney reportedly making Maleficent sequel, but will Angelina Jolie be on board?

disney maleficent sequel news and pictures jolemaleficent
It appears the wheels are in motion to produce a sequel to Disney’s Maleficent. The original, which stars Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess, garnered mixed reviews from critics (49 percent on the Tomatometer) but made a strong showing at the box-office, earning a whopping $760 million worldwide.  

It comes as little surprise, then, that Disney would look to carry this fractured fairy tale forward. Word is that Joe Roth will return as producer, and the studio has drafted Linda Woolverton to pen the second installment.

While Disney hopes to have Jolie reprise her role, talks are preliminary, and the actress has yet to sign on. Robert Stromberg — who made his directorial debut in the original — isn’t attached yet either.

Despite Maleficent’s strong showing overall, just 32 percent ($241 million) of its total take was earned domestically. The other 68 percent ($517 million) was tallied in foreign markets, most notably Japan ($63.2 million) and China ($47.7 million), according to the most recent available data.

Some in the U.S. might be scratching their heads over the decision to move forward with a sequel, but the movie business is a global one.

There are also those that would criticize Disney for milking its existing stable of characters, rather than creating fresh ones, but it’s a formula that has proved successful in the past. Earlier this year, the studio released an updated version of Cinderella, which cost just under $100 million to make and raked in an impressive $532.6 million worldwide.

With the movie business still struggling to orient itself in the new media landscape, those are numbers that are hard – and probably foolish – to ignore. That said, it’s a good bet that we’ll see more characters from Disney lore reappearing on the big screen in the future.

Movies & TV

15 films that flopped in the U.S. but made big bank overseas

A Hollywood film doesn't necessarily have to perform well in North America in order to be considered a success: These 15 films all performed poorly in the U.S., yet managed to rake in huge earnings overseas.
Movies & TV

‘The Meg’ devours the weekend box office to knock off ‘Mission: Impossible’

Giant shark movie The Meg surprised just about everyone with a massive opening weekend that gave studio Warner Bros. Pictures its biggest premiere of the year so far. It knocked Mission: Impossible -- Fallout down to second place.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in August 2018, from ‘Blue Valentine’ to ‘Jurassic Park’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Home Theater

Bask in the glory of your home theater with these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

What good is a 4K TV if you don't have the means of pushing it to its limits? Here are our favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, all of which are nothing short of stunning. It'll make you wonder why you haven't always watched movies this way.
Movies & TV

Got questions about Hulu and Hulu with Live TV? We've got answers

Not sure which Hulu subscription is right for you? We're here to help. This is your complete guide to Hulu and Hulu with Live TV, including content offerings for each service, pricing, internet requirements, and more.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Here's how to get your Star Wars fix online

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find them.
Movies & TV

Dear Hollywood overlords: Please don’t turn the Oscars into the Grammys

With more than five million fewer viewers than a decade ago, the organizers of the Academy Awards are adding a “popular films” category in an attempt to capture more eyes. Here’s why we think that’s a terrible idea.
Home Theater

What is MHL, exactly, and how does it work with your TV?

There are more ways to mirror your smartphone or tablet to your TV than you might think. Check out our rundown of MHL for everything you need to know about the wired protocol and its myriad uses.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Zion,’ ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Short documentary Zion, hardboiled detective comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and more.
Movies & TV

MoviePass forces customers to choose between only two movies

After recently announcing a new model that is set go into effect in September, it was revealed that MoviePass has now started to force its customers to choose between only two movies.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best of the best each week. On tap this week: The trailers for Slaughterhouse Rulez and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Movies & TV

A U.S. comedy that ended in 2004 is now the most-streamed show in the U.K.

It ended 14 years ago, but Netflix has given a U.S. comedy a new lease of life in Britain. In fact, it's currently the most-streamed show there, beating the likes of The Grand Tour and Stranger Things.
Movies & TV

Star Trek 4 in trouble as Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth take their Kirks and go home

Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have both reportedly left talks to star in Star Trek 4 due to contract disputes with studio Paramount Pictures, leaving the status of the fourth film uncertain.

Listen up! These are the best movie soundtracks of all time

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled background music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.