Fans loved the first Cruella movie, and the creators seem to have taken up on the hint. It is recently announced that Disney has given its approval for Cruella 2!
Cruella has already won many hearts and is about to enter its second weekend in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access. Following its sweeping success, Cruella de Vil may not be throwing away her fabulous wig any sooner. Adding to the excitement, the Disney origin story is already expected to continue with a sequel. There is little to complain as the same talent behind the Emma Stone-led 101 Dalmatians reimagining is expected to return for Cruella 2.
Writer Tony McNamara, who co-wrote the Cruella script, is already on board for the second movie. According to Hollywood Reporter, Cruella’s director, Craig Gillespie, will also helm Cruella 2.
Since its debut, Cruella has been in the spotlight for its positive reviews. Commercially, the movie has made close to $48.5 million so far and is already on the grid to become one of the highest-grossing domestic releases of 2021 heading into the summer season.
Disney is bathing in Cruella‘s success too. A spokesperson stated, “We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date. The film has been incredibly well received by audiences around the world, with a 97% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes in addition to A’s in every demographic from CinemaScore on opening weekend, ranking it among the most popular of our live-action reimaginings. We look forward to a long run as audiences continue to enjoy this fantastic film.”
What to expect from Cruella 2?
It is not just us who have been looking forward to this announcement. Makers of the movie had already shared their interest in expanding the origin story of Emma Stone’s Estella-turned-Cruella. Director Craig Gillespie said that he’d love to see “full-blown Cruella, fully loaded” after making the Disney movie.
Some possible plot points could include her rise to power after the expansion of the fashion brand. However this could “almost destroy her from inside out” as teased by Craig. Nevertheless, its bad news for the puppies coming her way.
Another cast member Kirby Howell-Baptiste shared that she would “love to” explore the relationship between Cruella and Anita further. The film’s open-ended conclusion gives enough room for this too.
Cruella‘s success proves that Disney’s villian origin stories have been doing great for the studio. Previously, Disney experimented with another such story of Maleficent in 2014. It’s success was followed up by 2019’s Mistress of Evil. Additionally, the studio is also expanding its live-action worlds with sequels in development for The Lion King, Aladdin and The Jungle Book.