Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hahn on "Frankenweenie," "Maleficent"

Don Hahn of Disney recently spoke to Empire. Hahn discussed several forthcoming Disney projects (The Snow Queen, Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2, and the 3D re-releases of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), including two titles that Tim Burton has been attached to: the feature-length, animated version of Frankenweenie and an in-development project called Maleficent. While there's nothing too big to announce, it's valuable hearing information on these two films from a Disney big-wig.

In the article, Hahn first mentions Maleficent. The live-action film would be the story of Sleeping Beauty told from the villain's perspective. Disney has reportedly attached Tim Burton on the project as possibly directing the film, and there are rumors that Angelina Jolie would play the title role (this has not been confirmed yet). Linda Woolverton is also attached as the screenwriter.

Rumors state that Angelina Jolie is being considered to play Maleficent in a new movie.

"That's another one I can’t talk about!," said Hahn on Maleficent. "All I can say is that it's in active development and will be pretty fun. It is great working again with Tim on Frankenweenie, though: I love that he's back to doing puppets. But Maleficent is a way off and it's a little too early to talk about it, except to say that it’s happening."

Don Hahn was recently in England, observing the status of Frankenweenie. The film is currently in pre-production, and is set to begin filming at London's Three Mills Studio very soon. Hahn will be serving as an executive producer.


Pumpking said...

"except to say that it’s happening."
YEEEEEEEESS! finally an sort-of-official announcement. since I heared about that movie I was afraid, it could only be a rumour. but luckily they really seem to do this. that movie's gonna be awesome!
but actually I hope it won't be angelina who play maleficent. I don't know -- somehow she hasn't got the -let's call it- aura for this role. in my opinion they should cast some one more fitting.

Anonymous said...

Eh, I really hope he doesn't do Maleficent, especially since Linda Woolverton is attached, she's a hack writer and was the worst part of Alice in Wonderland. Plus I'd rather see him do more original stuff, so I'm looking forward to Frankenweenie.