Disney has begun development of a sequel to Cruella, its live-action prequel to 101 Dalmations starring Emma Stone.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruella director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are both expected to return for the sequel.
Since Cruella served as the original storyline for Cruella de Vil, one would assume the sequel would be taken from Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and Disney’s 1961 animated adaptation. *** DISCLOSE *** Here again, Gillespie and McNamara have already taken a major detour from the plot of the book by presenting Roger and Anita as central figures in Cruella’s life. Cruella ends by offering two Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, to Roger and Anita. In the book, Cruella accidentally learns of the existence of Dalmatians and then seeks to steal them in order to make a Dalmatian skin coat.
Disney is keeping an eye on the sequel’s plot so far. It is also not known if Stone will return.
Cruella premiered simultaneously on May 28 in theaters and on Disney + as part of the streaming service’s Premier Access level, where it’s available to purchase for $ 30. To date, the film has grossed nearly $ 50 million at the box office.
In his review of the film for Consequence, contributor Clint Worthington called Cruella an “elegant party with a bark worse than his bite”.