Disney is Moving Ahead with a ‘Cruella’ Sequel

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A follow-up to the Emma Stone and Emma Thompson-starring Cruella is in the works.

Disney is clearly happy with the numbers coming in for Cruella since the filmed opened across cinemas (those in available markets) and the Premier side of the Disney+ streaming service. The studio has already giving the green light to a sequel that will bring back Aussie director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) and screenwriter Tony McNamara. The project is currently in early development, and there’s still no word if Stone has officially signed on that dotted line – or whether she had a multi-picture to begin with.

“We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date,” said a Disney spokesperson in a statement. “The film has been incredibly well received by audiences around the world, with a 97% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes in addition to A’s in every demographic from CinemaScore on opening weekend, ranking it among the most popular of our live-action reimaginings. We look forward to a long run as audiences continue to enjoy this fantastic film.”

The film has thus far earned over $US87 million worldwide and, according to Samba TV data shared by Deadline, has been seen via Premium Video On Demand in over 686,000 households in the US alone.

Source: THR

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Official synopsis and rundown for Cruella:

Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (‘La La Land’) stars in Disney’s ‘Cruella’, an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. ‘Cruella’, which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly high-and-mighty, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (‘Howards End’, ‘Sense & Sensibility’). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

 

Disney’s ‘Cruella’ is directed by Craig Gillespie (‘I Tonya’) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel and Steve Zissis. It was produced by Andrew Gunn (‘Freaky Friday’), Marc Platt (‘Mary Poppins Returns’) and Kristin Burr (‘Christopher Robin’), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Two-time Oscar®- winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘A Room with a View’) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own. Some flashing lights sequences or patterns may affect photosensitive viewers.


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