Linda Woolverton On Writing Maleficent

In an interview with Backstage Magazine, screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) discusses writing Maleficent and developing the title character with star Angelina Jolie. 

“I started thinking about this in 2010 so it’s been through a lot of permutations, but the essence of the tale was in the first draft,” Woolverton says. “Everything I wanted to tell is there, and certainly with an actress of [Jolie’s] caliber, it hits all the colors of this character, of womankind. I wanted to show all aspects of her. Her weakness, her mistakes—I wanted to depict all of that. As human beings we have all those different aspects!”




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