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Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Sequel Finds Screenwriter

Disney has signed its go-to screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the sequel to Angelina Jolie’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficent.”

There is no deal in place yet for Jolie to return to the title role or for Robert Stromberg to return to direct. Joe Roth will return to produce the sequel.

Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.

Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,”  “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by WME.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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