Walt Disney Pictures has hired John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) to write new scenes for the upcoming reshoots of Maleficent. While he isn't directing the additional scenes himself, he is coming on board to help oversee the production with first-time director Robert Stromberg.
Here's what producer Joe Roth had to say about what specific scenes are being reshot.
"We asked him to be on set. He's not directing. He wrote pages, and I hired a first-time director, and it's good to have him on set. The movie is gorgeous to look at, and the last 75 minutes are really entertaining. The issue is the opening, which is being reshot over eight days."
The extra shooting does not include any scenes with star Angelina Jolie, who recently started production on her next directorial effort Unbroken in Australia. Maleficent, a revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty told from the villain's point of view, is still slated for release on May 30, 2014.
Principal photography on the $200 million Maleficent began in June 2012, with a cast that also includes Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley and Juno Temple. While reshoots are common on productions of this size, it is quite rare to see another filmmaker step in and assist the original director.