Disney Accelerates Cruella de Vil Movie From 'Fifty Shades' Writer

The studio is fast-tracking the movie which centers on Cruella de Vil, a villainous character from '101 Dalmatians', with Kelly Marvel tapped to write the script.

AceShowbiz - Following the success of "Maleficent" and "Cinderella", Disney is accelerating the progress of another live-action project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is now putting its full attention to "Cruella", a film which centers on Cruella de Vil, a character from "101 Dalmatians".

"Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marvel has been tapped to pen the script with the help of "Togetherness" co-creator Steve Zissis. Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the early script of "Cruella". Andrew Gunn ("Sky High", "Bedtime Stories") is on board to produce.

de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians", which in 1961 was adapted into an animated movie. Glenn Close played Cruella in the live-action movie, "101 Dalmatians" (1996), and the sequel, "102 Dalmatians" (2000).

"Cruella" is scheduled to be released Stateside some time between 2017 and 2019. Disney is currently working on other live-action films such as "Dumbo", "Mulan" and "Tink", which is based on "Peter Pan" character Tinker Bell, as well as "Maleficent 2".

The studio also announced the release dates of those movies, but it's not mentioned which movies might fill the slots. Those slots are December 22, 2017, November 2, 2018, March 29, 2019 and November 18, 2019.

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