Cruella De Vil

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It won the box office over the weekend, but there’s no certainty that Maleficent will wind up with a sequel. Unlike Disney’s previous live-action retellings of its own animated classics — 101 Dalmatians and Alice in Wonderland — this movie may not earn enough in the long run to warrant bringing Angelina Jolie back as the redeemed Sleeping Beauty villainess. The studio will instead focus on its other live-action remakes already in the pipeline, namely 2015’s Cinderella and The Jungle Book and the to-be-scheduled takes on Beauty and the Beast and, again, 101 Dalmatians. That last title will, like Maleficent, be focused on the baddie and has a tentative title of Cruella de Vil. Hopefully Glenn Close will reprise the lead role (making it another sequel to the 1996 hit), as she is currently credited as an executive producer on the project. Given today’s trend of super franchises, though, it wouldn’t be surprising if Disney announced that all these movies were leading towards a mash-up of some sort. And because the public has a thing for antagonists, which Hollywood is already looking to exploit big time with a Sinister Six movie spun-off from the Amazing Spider-Man series, it also wouldn’t be surprising if that mash-up was going to be centered on Disney’s Villains merchandising franchise. It’d be a more fruitful effort than doing something with Princesses or Fairies, even though both of those are much more lucrative licensing-wise. Brands are not proven movie-worthy simply because of clothing and toy sales, especially […]

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Maleficent must be something truly special, because Disney has decided that the “classic Disney villain gets a live-action update” approach deserves multiple films. And the next antagonist to be given a starring role is none other than the puppy-stealing, fur-coat-obsessing Cruella de Vil. The Hollywood Reporter (who broke the news) have Aline Brosh McKenna on screenplay duties for Cruella. McKenna is fitting choice, as she already has some live-action Disney experience, having recently penned the script for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Cinderella adaptation. There’s no word on what the story will entail, but if it’s anything like Maleficent, we’ll be getting all kinds of prequel-ish backstory on Cruella de Vil, and how she’s not so bad despite having an uncontrollable urge to kill baby puppies and wear their skin. Perhaps she didn’t start out that way. Maybe the film will follow a younger, more energetic Cruella who loves animals, and is mistakenly cursed with an unending hunger for sweet, innocent puppy-skin.

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Take a look at some never-before-released animation cells from legendary Disney artist Marc Davis.

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