Late Tuesday afternoon, Deadline reported an update regarding the Emma Stone-starring Cruella DeVil live-action adaptation Cruella. In what was originally planned to begin production later in 2019, Disney has decided to bump up pre-production immediately and start filming early next year. That move creates a shake-up regarding who sits in the director’s chair.
The film was originally going to be directed by Alex Timbers, the Broadway director-writer and co-creator of Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle, but the change in timeline makes that impossible. From now until July, Timbers will be working on bringing Beetlejuice to Broadway and working with Baz Luhrmann on his stage production of Moulin Rouge. With Timbers unavailable, Disney turned to Craig Gillespie, the director of the Oscar-winning I, Tonya. Gillespie has been preparing his next project, a remake of the Norwegian thriller Thelma, but has an opening in his schedule to tackle Cruella.
The character of Cruella Devil is one of Disney’s most recognizable villains, known for being the evil woman who covets the fur of the dalmatian pups to create the perfect coat. No word yet on whether this film will be a prequel or a retelling of the original story. The screenplay was written by Jez Butterworth (Edge Of Tomorrow, Black Mass) and the film will be produced by Marc Platt (La La Land), Andrew Gunn (Race To Witch Mountain) and Kristin Burr (Christopher Robin).
No date has been set for the film’s release.
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