Now that’s what I call quick turnaround! A mere two weeks after the release and success at the global box office of the live-action alternate spin on the Disney animated classic 101 Dalmatians, an emboldened Walt Disney Co. has quietly begun work on a sequel to Cruella, according to our Dalmatian counting pals over at The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, good things come not only to those who wait, but also to those who copiously shell out their hard-earned greenbacks at the box-office. It’s all relative, right?
To be fair, Cruella always seemed like a film that would be a not only a safe-bet for the studio bean counters at Disney, but also the sort of film that could easily lend itself to a succession of sequels, spinoffs, and god only knows what else. Doubt that claim, Dear and Constant Readers? Look no further than the House That Uncle Walt Built and their mining of other lucrative projects such as the Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises. Sure, the quality in both series of films denigrated with each subsequent installment, but that’s par the course for Hollywood if ever there was one.
In a press release, a (nameless – why get tangled up in semantics, no?) Disney spokesperson said that “We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date. The film has been incredibly well received by audiences around the world, and 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 re-imaginings. We look forward to a long run as audiences continue to enjoy this fantastic film.”
Cruella was “reframed” by director Craig Gillespie of I, Tonya fame and starred Emma Stone (La La Land) in what amounted to a Secret Origin story of the evil and vile Cruella de Vil that extrapolated on the early days of the dog-napping villainess. Hey, you want your anti-heroes, Disney’s got ‘em!
According to word ‘round campfire, both director Craig Gillespie and scriptwriter Tony McNamara are expected to return for the sequel to Cruella; no word – official or otherwise – on whether Stone herself will be reprising her role or will instead hand it off to another actress.