Though the movie was initially plagued with negative reviews, the general consensus of Disney’s live-action Cruella seems to point out that the film has been a big success. Now news has it that Disney has now started development on a sequel.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has already greenlit the sequel of Cruella, and director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are expected to make a return. Wi don’t have any official details on the plot yet, but seeing as Cruella’s origin has been pretty much told, we should expect a full-on remake of 101 Dalmatians with Emma Stone’s Cruella de Vil as the main antagonist.
A Disney spokesperson said about the movie:
“We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premiere 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.”
Though the story of Cruella admittedly has its weak spots, the film has managed to shine thanks to Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan. With Cruella’s passion for fashion, the film had managed to come off as some child-friendly version of The Devil Wears Prada and Joker. Not to mention, the film has managed to have fun with other characters, like Cruella’s bumbling henchmen Horace and Jasper.
While the film has been able to give us Cruella’s side of the story, I hope she goes full-on villain in the next film. With a lot of people not being pleased with the direction Maleficent went with the classic Disney villain, it would be fine if we can just have another 101 Dalmatians film without trying to justify Cruella’s motives.
Then again, whatever spin they decide to put on it, as long as it’s interesting, I’ll be willing to watch.
For now, catch Cruella now in theaters and on Disney+.