Monday, 14 October 2013

Disney developing live action Cruella de Vil film

It looks as though Maleficent has swung the doors of Disney open for her sinister sisterhood. With the Mouse House set to release the new take on Sleeping Beauty's misunderstood antagonist next year, the company is now developing a fresh story around 101 Dalmatians' fur fetish fashionista Cruella de Vil. 

Aline Brosh McKenna, who has recently worked on the script for Disney's live action Cinderella (which Kenneth Branagh is currently shooting in London), has been handed the gig of bringing de Vil back to life for the new film. Could this do a Maleficent and turn her into a hero, saving the world from a pack of rapid dalmatians?

The Hollywood Reporter was unable to dig up any plot details, so we don't know if this will be another story that digs into the character's life, trying to find some explanation as to why she craves animal hides for fashion and what her beef is with little critters keeping their coats. Surely this is one villain who can't be completely rehabilitated. She does target puppies after all - and who doesn't love puppies?

Originating in the 1956 Dodie Smith novel that became Disney's 1961 cartoon adaption, Cruella has been seen in live action twice already, portrayed by Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians (1996) and the follow-up 102 Dalmatians (2000). Close is already connected to this one, but only as executive producer so far. It therefore seems unlikely that she'll slip back into Cruella's mad hair and stylish, if somewhat cruel, clothing.

As for Maleficent? She will be hitting our screens on 30 May next year.

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