AceShowbiz - %cEmma Stone%'s "Cruella" has taken a step forward as it's close to hiring its director. Deadline has learned that Disney is negotiating with Broadway veteran and co-creator of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle", Alex Timbers, to helm the upcoming live-action movie.
The movie is expected to begin production soon, with Emma portraying the titular villainess, Cruella de Vil. Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks", "Fifty Shades of Grey") and Steve Zissis ("Togetherness") are on board to pen the screenplay for the movie.
Set to arrive in U.S. theaters sometime in 2018, the live-action comedy flick will explore the origins of the "101 Dalmatians" baddie. She is described as a stylish, but sadistic socialite who longs for a coat made from Dalmatian puppy pelts.
"Cruella" will mark Timbers's directorial debut in feature film. The two-time Tony Award nominee's stage directing credits include "Peter and the Starcatcher", "Rocky" and "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson".