Disney hasn’t just scored themselves another live-action spinoff hit with Cruella, they may have found a new franchise to build around. Following the Emma Stone-led film’s $26M box office last week, coupled with 686K views on PVOD, Disney is in the early stages of a sequel.
Deadline has the news, but fails to mention if Emma Stone would return as Cruella de Vil, who grows up to be the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain. However, they do say that director Craig Gillespie an writer Tony McNamara are exected back.
“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, 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”, said a Disney spokesperson.
The only surprise here is that Disney waited even this long to reveal sequel plans. I have to believe Stone will return, the only question is how closely will this connect to 101 Dalmatians or will it take her further from the character she’s meant to become?