“Maleficent” Sequel Gets Title & Early Release

Maleficent Sequel Gets Title Early Release

In a surprise announcement, Disney Pictures has confirmed that its sequel to “Maleficent,” the Angelina Jolie-led live-action “Sleeping Beauty” adaptation, is coming out much earlier than expected.

Originally slated for a May 29th 2020 opening, the film has now been moved up seven months and will open this year – October 18th 2019. The film has also scored the official title of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” and released its first teaser poster below.

The big-budget fantasy follow-up takes a fairly empty weekend on the calendar, the only other movie slated to open is an as-yet-unannounced Blumhouse title. The title also fills in a gap in Disney’s otherwise rock solid 2019 line-up which previously had a three-month gap between “Artemis Fowl” on August 9th and the “Frozen” sequel on November 22nd.

The new date gives the studio three major tentpoles in the fourth quarter of the year to join the six they have between March and July. The first “Maleficent” grossed $759 million globally on a $180 million budget.

Jolie reprises her role as the villainous enchantress Maleficent with Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville returning. They’re joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in this outing in which the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within,

Joachim Rønning (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) directs from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster.