Woolverton will write the script with the expectation that Angelina Jolie will reprise the title role in the live-action fairy tale, though she does not have a deal in place.
Jolie is notoriously fickle when it comes to live-action sequels, preferring to focus her creative energy on original movies as both an actress and a filmmaker. Sony and Universal once planned sequels to “Salt” and “Wanted,” respectively, but Jolie hasn’t been keen on returning for either would-be franchise after the “Tomb Raider” sequel she starred in left a sour taste.
“Maleficent” grossed $760 million worldwide, making the sequel a high priority for Disney’s development team. At the moment, Jolie is in post-production on Universal’s “By the Sea,” in which she stars opposite real-life husband Brad Pitt.