As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Disney is developing many live-action remakes of beloved animated favourites. The company has just confirmed a Cruella De Vil origin live-action movie, entitled Cruella, which will be fronted by Emma Stone.
Stone will not be the first human Cruella. The fur-lover was played to perfection before by Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians (1996), and in its sequel, 102 Dalmatians (2000). The character has also appeared in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and in Disney Channel’s smash Descendants.
Emma Stone has been quite busy since her breakout role in Easy A (2010). Later this year, Stone will appear in the musical, La La Land, where she will reunite with Crazy, Stupid, Love costar Ryan Gosling. She is also filming Battle of the Sexes, where she will play professional tennis player, Billie Jean King, alongside another Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star, Steve Carell; she will also reprise her character Eek in the animated movie The Croods 2.
Cruella will be written by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks).
Disney also announced eight other new titles in development:
A Wrinkle in Time, which will be directed by Selma’s Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee, who wrote one of Disney’s biggest hits, Frozen.
Dumbo, a fusion of live-action and CGI, directed by Tim Burton and written by Ehren Kruger (Transformers movies).
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, with Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and writer Ashleigh Powell.
Disneyland ride-inspired Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson.
A Tinkerbell movie, with Reese Witherspoon starring and producing and written by Victoria Strouse (Finding Dory).
Sequel Maleficent 2, written by Disney staple Linda Wolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent) and with Angelina Jolie poised to return as villainess, Maleficent.
Another sequel, The Jungle Book 2, which will have the same director/writer team of Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, as the first film. The Jungle Book has been a huge success for Disney not only in the box office (it has been the top movie since its debut two weeks ago and has made almost $200 million in such a short amount of time) but also because of the critical praise it has been getting -- so an eventual sequel was a given.
Yet another sequel, Mary Poppins. This one is the one I am looking forward to the most because of the formidable juggernaut that is Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has been cast as Jack, a lamplighter similar to the 1964 original’s character of Bert, beautifully played by Dick Van Dyke. Emily Blunt will be stepping into Julie Andrews’ perfectly polished shoes, as Mary Poppins. The film will be directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago).
We are very excited about all these movies. Hopefully, they will all get release dates soon. We will keep you updated. Which one excites you the most?