As not a single week seems to go by without an announcement like this, I’m envisioning a future where Disney creates an interlocked live-action movie universe of re-imaginings of their animated tales.

So, yes, Disney’s already working on a Maleficent sequel by having Linda Woolverton write a script. Maleficent II thus joins Beauty and the Beast, the Jungle Book, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Cruella, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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According to Deadline, the script is being written with the idea that Angelina Jolie will reprise her role and that, as pre-production rolls along, they’ll be keeping her apprised. All in the service of making returning a welcome prospect for her, since she’s not required to return for a sequel.

One wonders what a sequel to Maleficent looks like, since Maleficent was both prequel and re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty. Presumably some danger comes to the kingdom and Maleficent and her young and sleepy BFF have to fight it off. Combine it with a Cinderella sequel and have the two go to war. Please, please, please have a magic off between Helena Bonham Carter’s Fairy Godmother and the fairies. I’d watch that with a lot more joy than many of the others listed above.

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