Does anyone remember that Maleficent happened? It feels like a movie we all collectively forgot about before 2014 was even over. It did very well, grossing over $750 million dollars worldwide on a budget of $180 million. As we’ve talked about before, that number does’t include marketing which is usually your production budget plus a half putting the budget closer to $270 million when all was said and done. That’s still a good take and they announced Maleficent 2 in 2015, but no one has really talked about it since. We knew that the original writer Linda Woolverton was supposed to work on the script and that was about it.
The Tracking Board has learned that Disney has brought Jez Butterworth on to rewrite the script. Butterworth also wrote the screenplay for Cruella, and Disney must have liked what he did if they are bringing him back for another movie.
Butterworth’s previous writing credits also include the most recent James Bond movie Spectre, the science fiction action movie Edge of Tomorrow, the Johnny Depp crime drama Black Mass, and the James Brown biopic Get On Up.
At the moment we don’t know anything about potential plot or even a tentative release date. Star Angelina Jolie is due to return but she seems to be the only confirmed returning cast member for Maleficent 2 at the moment.