AceShowbiz - Disney is reportedly close to finding a director for the upcoming second "Maleficent" movie. According to Deadline, Joachim Ronning ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales") is in talks to serve behind the lens for "Maleficent 2". The plot is still kept under wraps, but the movie is expected to kick off production in the first quarter of 2018.
Telling the untold story of the infamous villain in the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, the first movie released in 2014 went on to collect $758.5 million worldwide. It starred Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Angelina Jolie as her nemesis-turned-ally.
The "Unbroken" director is expected to reprise her role as the titular antiheroine in the next installment. "I am now the breadwinner for the family so it's time," she joked, referring to her status as a single parent to her six children after her separation from Brad Pitt. "We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel."
"I've taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids," she additionally told The Hollywood Reporter. "I look forward to having some fun with that."
The 42-year-old actress-turned-director was last seen on the big screen in her own directorial movie "By the Sea". She also played the female lead in the 2015 film. She and husband Pitt portrayed a couple struggling with marriage issues. In 2016, she returned to voice Master Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 3".
Jolie recently released her latest directorial film "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers". It takes place in the native country of her oldest son Maddox. It tells the true story of a young girl who was forced to become a child soldier while her siblings were sent to labor camps during the Khmer Rouge regime. Maddox was credited as an executive producer while her other son, Pax, whom she adopted from Vietnam worked as the film's still photographer.
The movie sparked backlash over its casting method at orphanage where a disturbing game was allegedly set up to find the movie's young lead. Despite the controversy, it got rave reviews when premiered at 2017 Telluride Film Festival on September 2 in Colorado. It started streaming on Netflix on September 15.