Origin stories have been hot since “Wicked” took over the bestseller lists. But that wasn't a Disney production, and while "Maleficent" was a good effort at a darker origin story, there's definitely plenty more material to mine in Disney's movies - if they're willing.
Disney announced two upcoming origin myth projects recently. First up will be Prince Charming from “Cinderella” getting a live-action film. Ho hum. He’s done more than most Disney princes in trying to track down Cinderella after the ball, but what else was he doing? Sitting in his big castle judging an endless parade of eligible matches, then probably angering his parents in choosing a peasant girl who conveniently has aristocratic roots?
The Genie from “Aladdin” has more promise, but we don’t know if Walt Disney Studios is the one to tell the honest truth of his sordid past.
We picked five characters whose backstories are just waiting to be turned into movies, from quiet indies to provocative period pieces.