Not content to own the box office with Marvel and Star Wars blockbusters, Disney is still furiously working to bring many of their classic animated children’s tales to the big screen in live-action form. Following the success of 2014’s Maleficent, the origin story of Sleeping Beauty’s villainous antagonist, another such origin story is in the works – namely Cruella de Vil.
In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid ever hearing of the character, Cruella de Vil (yes, Cruel Devil) is the antagonist in the 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians (which was adapted from Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel of the same name). Her plan was to capture and then skin a number of Dalmatian puppies in order to make herself a fur coat. And people say the 50’s and 60’s were a time of innocence.
The origin story may have found its lead. Variety are reporting that Emma Stone is in talks to play the alternative fashion devotee and polar opposite of a PETA supporter. Honestly not the first person I would’ve picked for a puppy murdering-and-then-make-a-coat-out-of-their-skins villain as she seems too happy and cheerful most of the time. I would’ve picked Nick, but his method acting would be too real for a children’s movie and open them up to lawsuits.
The movie doesn’t have a director attached as yet, but the script is being worked on by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
The character has appeared on the big screen in live-action before, as she was played by Glenn Close in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians, but an origin story centered around her is going to take some work getting right. They’ll have to make someone who wants to make a fur coat out of puppies relatable, and that seems like a tough assignment. What do you think?
Last Updated: January 7, 2016