It looks like Disney is working on another a not-quite reboot inspired by its animated movies, this one again featuring one of its iconic characters. A movie based on Cruella de Vil, the fur-focused puppy-napper of “101 Dalmatians,” will be Disney’s follow up to the live-action movies “Malificient” and “Cinderella,” according to a Sept. 30 exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter.
THR reports Andrew Gunn will produce “Cruella,” the character needing no surname and the movie’s title in keeping with the studios’ “Malificient” treatment. Gunn previously worked with The Walt Disney Studios on “Sky High” and “Bedtime Stories.” Aline Brosh McKenna, who also penned the script for Disney’s “Cinderella” and “The Devil Wears Prada” has been hired to write the screenplay.
Cruella de Vil is the antagonist of The Hundred and One Dalmatians,” Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, and Disney’s 1961 “101 Dalmatians” animated movie adaptation.
“Cruella” joins a recent line of live-action films that mine Disney’s animated movies, themselves adapted from fairy tales and novels. The list includes the previously mentioned “Malificient” and “Cinderella,” as well as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Maleficient,” the most recent Disney Villain to get the live-action treatment, features one of the company’s most famous, dangerous and attractive femme fatales – something that film obviously recognizes by casting Angelina Jolie in the title role.
Cruella is yet another femme fatale, albeit one with a much more cartoonish bent. Easily recognizable for her signature black-and-white fashion sense, two-toned hair and obsession with young pups, Cruella has emerged as a popular Disney Villain for The Walt Disney Company and especially at the Disney Parks. She also has been brought to a previous Disney live-action version of "101 Dalmatians" before; Glenn Close took on the role for the 1996 movie of the same name and its 2000 sequel, “102 Dalmatians.”