– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Making a sequel isn’t too easy. You have to figure out what worked with the original and really up things for the next big story that’s going to be told. It’s probably even harder for one like Maleficent, which greatly changed the established canon of the Sleeping Beauty lore. So, what do you keep when moving on to the next film?

LRM Online had a chance to attend a press conference for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, where director Joachim Rønning discussed what he really wanted to keep from that original movie.

“It’s always a fine line in terms of what to keep from this beloved universe…but I feel a huge part of the success of the first film was that it had such a strong emotional core. I think that was the most important thing for me, to continue telling that story. The story of Maleficent and Aurora. And that’s something I can relate to as a parent myself.

Indeed the parent-and-child aspect of that original movie is what worked best in the story, so the big question here is whether or not they were able to replicate that for a second film.

Well, the movie is out this weekend, so you can find out for yourself if they succeed! Let us know whether or not you think they do it down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.