Disney Pictures is reportedly fast-tracking “Cruella,” a live-action feature about the villainess from the “101 Dalmatians” films Cruella de Vil.
“Saving Mr. Banks” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” screenwriter Kelly Marcel is attached to write the project which is expected to be one of the four untitled Disney live-action fantasy films that were announced this week as part of their upcoming film slate through to the year 2020.
“Togetherness” co-creator Steve Zissis is also working on the story for the film. Marcel and Zissis take over from Aline Brosh McKenna who was said to have done some work on an early version of the script.
De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel which served as the basis for the 1961 animated movie. Glenn Close memorably played the character in the 1996 “101 Dalmatians” live-action film and its sequel, while Victoria Smurfit has recently been portraying the character on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”.
Andrew Gunn will produce the film which continues the Mouse House’s attempt at building a live-action fairy tale empire in the wake of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and upcoming films like “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” along with the announced “Dumbo,” “Tink,” “Mulan” and “A Wrinkle in Time” projects.