May 22, 2019 [Updated]

Geoff Zanelli Scores MALEFICENT Sequel


Geoff Zanelli is scoring director Joachim Rønning’s upcoming fantasy adventure sequel MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL. The film starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville picks up several years after the original 2014 film (which was scored by James Newton Howard).

Disney’s official synopsis: A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after MALEFICENT, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. MALEFICENT II continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy (Angelina Jolie) and the soon to be Queen (Elle Fanning), as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

Zanelli scored Rønning’s previous feature, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES and also scored last year’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN for Disney. He also scored the Deon Taylor’s horror drama THE INTRUDER, released earlier this month.

“I couldn’t wait to team up with Disney and Joachim Rønning again, so I’m excited to be invited to the Moors for an inspired new adventure,” Zanelli said in a statement, published in an exclusive report at The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday morning. “The storytelling in MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is fantastic, and Angelina Jolie’s iconic performance as this timeless villain is hauntingly vivid, easily one of my favorite recent cinematic experiences. For someone who was raised on fantasy and adventure films, writing this score is a dream come true.” 

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on October 18, 2019, moving up from its previous announced date of May 29, 2020.

– via filmmusicreporterWikipedia, and The Hollywood Reporter.

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