Full of campy theatrics and dramatic sartorial looks, Cruella gives the titular villainess an origin story with Emma Stone in the lead. The One Hundred and One Dalmatians franchise has long been a beloved family classic, but is this enough to warrant a sequel to this latest prequel project? It seems so!
Almost two weeks after hitting theaters, Disney confirmed the movie will have a followup. “We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date,” a Disney spokesperson told People. “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.” The Hollywood Reporter also reports that director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are also set to return. There’s no word on if Stone will reprise her role again, but there’s a possibility that we might actually see two Cruella de Vils on screen.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, correspondent Nikki Novak joked with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson about the idea of a Godfather II-inspired sequel to Cruella. Novak suggested that Thompson, who plays Baroness von Hellman, could pen the sequel, since she’s a screenwriter. Thompson played along with the bit, and Stone also expressed interest in a Thompson-penned sequel. While the two actresses were joking around, we could definitely see it happening! Both actresses agreed that they’d have to see how the original Cruella will do first — with that said, we can’t imagine the Disney-backed film completely tanking, so a sequel wouldn’t be so out of the question.
While she doesn’t technically have an idea for a Cruella sequel, the original Cruella herself, Glenn Close, has discussed interest in a third installment of her own live-action 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians. The actress told Variety, “I have a great story to make another Cruella with my Cruella. Cruella comes to New York and disappears down the sewers.” Again, this idea might be an offhanded bit, but there just might be a studio executive taking notes somewhere!
Disney is no stranger to reboots, remakes, and sequels, and given the box-office success of Cruella, it’s not wonder they are expanding the One Hundred and One Dalmatians cinematic universe. For now, you can watch Cruella in theaters or at home with Premier Access on Disney+!