Shocker: ‘Cruella’ Sequel In The Works, Director Craig Gillespie Likely To Return

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?

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.