According to a new report from Deadline, the long-in-development 101 Dalmations spin-off Cruella is now eyeing Craig Gillespie to direct.

  • Deadline says that Gillespie is currently in talks to helm Cruella, which is set to star Emma Stone as the iconic villain.
  • This news comes nearly two years after reports indicated that the studio was looking to Alex Timbers to direct.
  • However, the site says that Disney is now hoping to begin production on the film next year.
  • Unfortunately, Timbers has a lot on his plate at the moment as he is currently at work producing stage versions of Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge. 
  • Thus, it seems Disney is in need of a new director; enter Gillespie.
  • In addition to helming the indie hit I, Tonya, Gillespie has previously directed The Finest Hours and Million Dollar Arm — both for Disney.
  • Cruella is one of several live-action films based on classic Disney animated films.
  • Among the current projects on the slate or in development are:
    • Dumbo
    • The Lion King (although that’s arguably not really live-action)
    • Aladdin
    • Lady and the Tramp
    • The Sword in the Stone
    • Mulan
    • Pinocchio


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