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Cruella Sequel In Early Development At Disney

ByReiss Bowler

Jun 6, 2021

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Disney isn’t done telling the story of Cruella de Vil yet.

Just shy of its second weekend in theaters, the Emma Stone-LED Cruella has already earned itself a sequel, PEOPLE can confirm.

“We are very happy with Cruella“success at the box office, coupled with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date,” a Disney spokesperson told PEOPLE. The film has been incredibly well received by audiences around the world, with an audience rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes additionally to A’s in every CinemaScore demographic over its opening weekend, making it one of the most popular of our live-action reimagins. . We look forward to a long-term view as audiences continue to enjoy this fantastic film.”

according to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the project is still in its infancy. Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are expected to return.

Gillespie’s live action remake of the classic villain followed her origin story, decades before wreaking havoc in Disney’s animated film 101 dalmatiers.

Cruella Open May 28, in theaters and so Disney Plus through paid Premier Access.

In an interview with Collider Gillespie, published Monday, hinted that he wasn’t done telling the villain’s story yet.

“I feel like we’ve only just met her,” the director said. “I’d love to see the full Cruella now, fully loaded. She’s managed to get the support system around her and she can really expand her brand. I’d love to see where that takes her and how you can almost destroy her from within , if she’s not careful with all that power.”

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When asked if he was interested in returning to direct a potential sequel, Gillespie told the outlet he would “if it was with this gang.”

“It was so nice working with everyone, and Tony writing it, and Disney was so supportive. They really fostered a sense of security where we could just really go for it without the consequences. We were all there the whole time busy and thinking, ‘I don’t know if Disney will like this,’ but they would always call and be fine.”

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Stone is the second actress to take on the role of de Vil for the big screen after Glenn Close played her in the 1996 101 dalmatiers 2000 adaptation and sequel 102 Dalmatians.

her performance got a lot of praise in early reviews.

Weekly entertainmentLeah Greenblatt said the live-action revamp is “a collection of pin-drop lines and killer GIFs,” noting Stone’s performance as Cruella “is both worthy of empathy and mischievous enough to be safe but arguably outrageous.”

to call it “The devil wears Prada on steroids,” Moira MacDonald of the Seattle Times said “Cruella is an absolute thrill, and if you’re looking for a reason to get back to the cinema, here it is.”

The film also stars Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson. Cruella coming to all Disney+ subscribers on August 27.