When Cruella de Vil appeared in May, there were rumors that Disney was working on a sequel. It appears like their star has resurfaced. Emma Stone has signed a deal to return in another Cruella film, according to Deadline, which will reunite director Craig Gillespie and writer Tony McNamara.
This may come as a surprise to some, given that speculations circulated that Stone would be following in the footsteps of Scarlett Johansson, with Cruella switching from an exclusive theatrical release to a hybrid release with Disney+’s Premier Access.
On the new Disney/Stone contract, Patrick Whitesell, the Executive Chairman of entertainment firm Endeavor, said:
“While the media landscape has been disrupted in a meaningful way for all distributors, their creative partners cannot be left on the sidelines to carry a disproportionate amount of the downside without the potential for upside. This agreement demonstrates that there can be an equitable path forward that protects artists and aligns studios’ interests with talent. We are proud to work alongside Emma and Disney, and appreciate the studio’s willingness to recognize her contributions as a creative partner. We are hopeful that this will open the door for more members of the creative community to participate in the success of new platforms.”
Cruella grossed around $222 million in theaters globally and almost $21 million on Premiere Access in 2021. Following the first animated picture and its sequel, the two Glenn Close films, and Cruella, Cruella 2 will be the sixth film in the 101 Dalmatians franchise.
So far, we’ve heard no word on the story for the sequel, however, some ideas were thrown about in an interview with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson on Rotten Tomatoes.
No release date has been announced yet.