| Disney, 'Alice' scribe team for film about 'Sleeping Beauty's' evil queen|
Having scored a hit with Alice in Wonderland, Disney and screenwriter Linda Woolverton are teaming to bring to the big screen Maleficent, a live-action take on the evil queen in the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty.
Woolverton's Maleficent would tell the classic fairy tale from the point of view of the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, offering a new take on a classic tale as the screenwriter did with Lewis Carroll's Alice. Woolverton has a long history with Disney, and is best known for the screenplays of 1991's Beauty and the Beast and 1994's The Lion King.
Maleficent might reunite Woolverton with Tim Burton; it's one of a handful of projects the filmmaker is circling. His interest in the character was piqued in the summer when he was in postproduction on Alice. No deal has been made with Burton yet, but the hiring of Woolverton is the first concrete step forward in the project's development.
It is unclear just how dark and edgy Disney — which had no comment on the project — wants to make Maleficent.
by Borys Kit, Hollywood Reporter