‘Cruella’ sequel already in early stages at Disney

“Cruella” is entering its second week in theaters and streaming services, and already there are plans for a sequel.

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The studio behind the film starring Emma Stone as the evil Cruella de Vil is in early development on a sequel, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported. “Cruella” director Greg Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are expected to return for the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Cruella” debuted May 28 in theaters and on Disney+ under the streaming service’s Premier Access tier. The film has already earning $32.4 million domestically and $48.5 million globally, according to Variety.

It is unclear whether Stone will reprise her role as the fur-loving villain, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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

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Disney has found success transforming its archive of animated classics for live-action features, beginning with “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010. Other films include “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), “Aladdin” (2019) and “The Lion King” (2019).

The studio has live-action versions of “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan & Wendy” and “The Little Mermaid” in various stages of development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.