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Maleficent To Hit Theatres on March 14, 2014

On our last trip to Walt Disney World, earlier this year, my daughter Gracie (11) spent some of her money on the first 3 books in the Kingdom Keepers series.  She zipped right through them and enjoyed them so much that she insisted that I read them as well.  I’m not really a fan of the fantasy genre; but, being that the books are set in one of my favorite places in the world and they came so highly recommended, I took her up on it.  I’m currently reading through Book 2.

250px Malefica Maleficent To Hit Theatres on March 14, 2014If you’re the least bit familiar with these books, then you know that Maleficent (from Sleeping Beauty) is a major character.  Would I be a horrible Disney fan if I confessed that I have never seen Sleeping Beauty in its entirety?  Quite frankly, Maleficent freaks me out.  

So, it seems rather timely that I received an e-mail in my inbox today, announcing a new Disney movie – coming in March 2014 – about the evil Maleficent!  Here’s a bit about the upcoming release:

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a U.S. release date of March 14, 2014, for Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Leading a team of visionary filmmakers known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting worlds, Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland). Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).

That gives me a little less than 2 years to get up the nerve to see this movie.  I wonder if  learning Maleficent’s back-story will make me feel better or worse about this famous Disney villain.

What are your  thoughts?  Is this a movie that you will be anxious to see?