Disney's sequel to Maleficent may have its director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Ronning is in talks to helm the film.
The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which hit theaters back in May, has thus far grossed an impressive $794 million worldwide. Prior to Dead Men Tell No Tales, Ronning was best known for his work on the 2012 Norwegian film Kon-Tiki, which he co-directed with his frequent partner Espen Sandberg.
Angelina Jolie was confirmed to return as Maleficent back in September. The actress revealed the news during an interview, stating she felt the sequel would be "really strong" and that she was "excited by the prospect of returning to that Disney villainess.”
The first film, which was directed by Robert Stromberg, was a loose adaptation of Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale and centered around the Sleeping Beauty antagonist. During the course of its theatrical run, the movie managed to gross $758 million at the worldwide box office.
While an official release date has not been announced, it's expected that Maleficent 2 will hit theaters sometime in 2019.