04 Dec 2018 8:04 PM +00:00 UTC

Disney’s Cruella Live-Action Movie Is Eyeing I, Tonya Director Craig Gillespie

Disney's working on Cruella, a live-action movie for 101 Dalmations baddie Cruella de Vil, and it looks like the studio's eyeing I, Tony's director for the upcoming project.

The Mickey Mouse House has been busy filling up its roster of live-action films, a line fuelled by the success of the studio's live-action adaptations of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Disney's Cruella waits among the many upcoming live-action projects of the studio, including the upcoming Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan, and Aladdin. However, unlike the others, it took the studio some time to get the production rolling with Cruella taking a long break after The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna was brought in to write the film's script way back in 2013.

Now, according to a new report by Deadline, Disney is currently in talks with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie to take over the project. The studio is hoping to move more quickly on the film now that they've finally found a director to helm the movie, and negotiations with Gillespie is expected to end soon so that pre-production can start immediately after. Principal photography is expected to take place next year.


If and when Gillespie takes over Cruella, the director is to use the script written by Edge of Tomorrow's Jez Butterworth who rewrote the script written by Fifty Shades of Grey's Kelly Marcel who took over McKenna's role as screenwriter when the project was stuck in development hell.

Right now, Cruella doesn't have a release date but we'll update everyone as soon as we get word.

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