Disney planning live action Cruella de Vil movie

News Simon Brew 1 Oct 2013 - 07:19

Cruella de Vil is heading back to the big screen, as Disney plans a new live action take on the characters...

Disney has plenty of pipelines at work to come up with its annual slate of movies. Pixar - save for next year - contributes one or two films. Walt Disney Animation Studios adds another. Then there's Marvel, which chips in with two, and from 2015, there's an annual Star Wars movie to slot into the roster as well.

But on top of that, the studio is continually committing to live action versions of classic fairy stories, following the $1bn that Tim Burton's fairly weak Alice In Wonderland took at the box office. This year, Oz: The Great And Powerful performed well too, and the studio also has Malificent set for release next year, and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella film for the year after.

Add to the list, then, a live action Cruella de Vil movie, that the firm has now put into motion. Cruella took like action form of course in 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians over a decade ago, when Glenn Close took on the role. Close is executive producer on this new project, which is to go by the name of Cruella, but we'd be surprised if she took on the role again.

What direction the film is going isn't yet clear, but we do know that Aline Brosh McKenna has been hired to pen a screenplay. More news as we get it.

Can we have Gaston The Movie next?

The Hollywood Reporter.

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