A sequel to Cruella is already in development at Disney

Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA.
Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA. /

Cruella is just getting started, dahlings.

Thanks to the success of the 101 Dalmations live-action prequel Cruella, the film’s sequel is already in the early stages of development at Disney.  Screenwriter Tony McNamara and director Craig Gillespie are set to return for the yet-to-be-named next chapter in the saga of one of Disney’s most iconic villainesses.

It’s unknown at this early juncture if star Emma Stone would be reprising her role as Estella/Cruella for the story’s second installment, but these are early talks and her involvement in the project certainly seems more likely than not.

Cruella opened in theaters and debuted on the Disney+ Premiere tier on May 28th. The film is in its second weekend and has already earned $48.5 million globally, on the back of strong buzz from both critics and audiences. (Not too shabby for a pandemic release.)

The narrative gives the inside look at a young Cruella de Vil as a young grifter with a gang to her rise to becoming queen of the London fashion world.  It is quite a twist on the original because Cruella’s cruelty was not directly aimed at the dogs but her fashion rival, The Baroness.

And to make Cruella even cooler, the story was set at the height of the 1970s punk scene.  The fashions featured were a reflection of the era and of course, dalmatian-inspired.

“We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date,” a spokesperson for Disney said 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.”

Have you seen Cruella yet?  If so, what did you enjoy most and should there be a sequel?  Let us know in the comments.