Disney announces the release of MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book, based on Disneyâ€™s highly anticipated film Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014. The book, offered for free exclusively through iBooks, explores both the legacy of Disneyâ€™s classic animated film, â€œSleeping Beautyâ€â€”which first introduced the iconic villainess Maleficentâ€”and the making of the all-new live-action film, â€œMaleficent,â€ starring Angelina Jolie.
Features of the book include an interactive timeline of the origins of the timeless â€œSleeping Beautyâ€ tale, with rare content from the Disney archives; rich and explorable environments, filled with fantastic creatures from the world of â€œMaleficentâ€â€”waiting to be discovered at your fingertips; interviews with Angelina Jolie and the cast and crew responsible for bringing the reimagined story to the big screen; an afterword by director Robert Stromberg, two-time Academy AwardÂ®â€“winner for production design on â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€ and â€œAvatarâ€; exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes; never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches from pre-production; fun facts from the set; and profiles of the characters from the filmâ€”all created by Appleâ€™s digital book creation app, iBooks Author.
The â€œMaleficentâ€ book is available for free, exclusively on iBooks at: http://di.sn/hf7
â€œMaleficentâ€ explores theÂ untold story of Disneyâ€™s most iconicÂ villain from the classic â€œSleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protectÂ the moors over which she presides,Â Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human kingâ€™s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
â€œMaleficentâ€ is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. â€œMaleficentâ€ opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.