It seems like Disney is meticulously rearranging their slate in order to optimize the returns. We have previously heard of the change in Pirates of the Carribean 5’s release date, now it’s the Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent.
According to Walt Disney Studios’ announcement, the live action Sleeping Beauty spin-off will be released on May 30, 2014 – a little bit earlier than the original July schedule. The film focuses on the origin of the villain, specifically the series of events that hardened her heart and drove her to put a curse on the baby Aurora. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
It is said that the change in schedules was needed in order to reduce the flooding of films targeting the same demographic during the already busy summer of 2014, which will see the releases of blockbuster tentpoles like Transformers 4, Robocop, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fast & Furious 7, and Captain America: the Winter Soldier.