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Disney to debut new princess, fairy tales and more

Published: Monday, July 15 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

In Disney's "Maleficent," the classic story of "Sleeping Beauty" is told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent.

Starting Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as Princes Aurora, the film is slated for release in July 2014.

'Jungle Book'

On July 9, The Hollywood Reporter said Disney is in the early stages of making a live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling's book is a set of fables based in India, mostly focusing on a young boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves. Disney adapted the book for an animated film in 1967, the last that Walt Disney oversaw before his death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter article, only the bare necessities are in place at this point. So far, Disney has the idea and the writer. Justin Marks, who penned an early draft of Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" reboot, which is still in its early stages, is working on the script.

'The Beast'

According to an article published by Dateline.com, Disney is reportedly in talks to reinvent the classic 1991 animated "Beauty and the Beast" as a live-action film titled "The Beast."

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro is working on an unrelated "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation called "Beauty," with Harry Potter's Emma Watson signed on as the beauty. According to Variety, Watson turned down the starring role in Disney's upcoming production of "Cinderella" due to scheduling conflicts with "Beauty."

Disney to debut new princess, fairytales and more

Disney's "Frozen" first-look trailer.

Disney to debut new princess, fairytales and more

Disney's "Frozen" Japanese trailer.

Email: ajones@desnews.com

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