"Maleficent" has been knocking around for quite a while, almost always with Jolie attached in the lead role. The Disney re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty" would focus on Jolie's title character, who curses Princess Aurora to die on her 16th birthday; a rival sorceress puts Aurora under a spell that puts her to sleep, and can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. (You know the drill.)
The film has been knocking around for quite a while and even had Tim Burton attached to direct at one point. He departed last May, leaving Robert Stromberg in charge. Stromberg -- best known for his Oscar-winning production design work on "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland" -- will make his directorial debut on the film.
Jolie considers "Maleficent" a passion project, in part because her kids have pushed her to take the role.
[via Twitch, THR]