Cruella, Disney’s live-action spin-off of 101 Dalmatians, may have found a new director. I, Tonya filmmaker Craig Gillespie is in talks to helm the movie, with Emma Stone set to play one of Disney’s most dastardly villains – Cruella da Vil, who wants to turn a huge litter of puppies into a fur coat. Gillespie and Stone have hard work ahead of them: how do you make an entire movie about such a terrible character?
Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
How do you build a whole movie around a woman whose claim to fame is trying to kidnap cute little puppies so she can turn them into coats? We wouldn’t know, but apparently Alex Timbers does. The Broadway vet and Mozart in the Jungle co-creator has just been tapped to direct Cruella, a 101 Dalmatians live-action retelling starring Emma Stone as that “inhuman beast.” Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Last year, screenwriter Kelly Marcel was given the unenviable task of writing a live-action movie centered around Cruella de Vil, the nastiest and most inherently unlikable character in the Disney animated canon. Other baddies may have larger plots (like seizing control of entire kingdoms), but the villainess from 101 Dalmatians wants to abduct and murder puppies so she can make coats. Compared to the buffoonish Gaston or the power-hungry Evil Queen, she is literally Satan.
Now, Disney is currently looking to cast overwhelmingly lovable Emma Stone as a young Cruella in the appropriately titled Cruella. That’s certainly step one in finding some way to make a cruel dog killer a viable lead character in a tentpole movie. Read on about the Emma Stone Cruella de Vil casting below.
Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yesterday, Disney set release dates for four more as-yet-untitled live-action fairy tales. At the time, we rattled off a long list of such projects already in development at the studio, from Dumbo to Mulan, but one we overlooked now looks likely to claim one of those spots. Disney is reportedly fast-tracking Cruella, a retelling of 101 Dalmatians that has Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) on board to write.
Get the latest on the Cruella de Vil spinoff after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Apparently, Disney has found another niche of their catalog to mine moving head. They’re currently finishing Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie based on the villainess in Sleeping Beauty and now another foul Disney female is heading to the silver screen. The company has just hired writer Aline Brosh McKenna (Cinderella, The Devil Wears Prada, Annie) to write Cruella, a live-action film based on the classic villainess from 101 Dalmatians. Six-time Oscar-nominee Glenn Close played the role in two live action films but those were centered on the dalmatians. This will likely focus on her backstory, but that’s unconfirmed.
Producer Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories) is also attached. Read More »