Disney is doubling down on the dalmatian business. Only one week after the release of Cruella, the studio has already begun development on a sequel to the Emma Stone vehicle, per The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to Stone, both Cruella director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are also expected to return for the film’s sequel.
Disney’s 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians, featuring Glenn Close in the role of Cruella de Vil, also spawned a sequel. 102 Dalmatians was released four years later in November 2000 and featured Close reprising her role.
Cruella debuted in theaters on May 28, opening in 2nd at the North American box office after A Quiet Place: Part II with a domestic gross of $21.5 million. The film has gone on to earn $48.5 million worldwide in its first week of release. Additionally, Cruella was released on Disney Plus through the streamer’s Premier Access program, which makes the film available to subscribers at a $30 price point.
While Disney does not regularly release official figures for Disney Plus viewership, it can be inferred that Cruella’s theatrical box office and Premier Access revenue have proved sizable enough for the studio to explore options for a sequel.
Cruella is only the latest success story for Disney’s habit of developing updates and remakes on its vast catalog of animated films, which began with 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and has continued with films like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and upcoming projects like Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid.
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In our review of Cruella, IGN gave the film a 7, praising its “crackling leading ladies, imaginative twists, and eye-popping spectacle” while also saying it “ultimately feels like a clumsy compromise.”
For more, read our round-up of every upcoming Disney live-action remake.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer. He was driven to madness when dalmatians killed his mom.