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In the Works: Disney Sets Sights on Live-Action Cruella de Vil Film

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2013 at 2:02PM

Maleficent and Cinderella and Cruella, oh my! Disney is embarking on another live-action entry from one of its famed animated films, this time focusing on "101 Dalmations" villain Cruella de Vil. Scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, who has also put time in on Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" for the studio, will pen and produce the "Cruella" tale.
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The nefarious Cruella de Vil in "101 Dalmations"
The nefarious Cruella de Vil in "101 Dalmations"

Maleficent and Cinderella and Cruella, oh my! Disney is embarking on another live-action entry from one of its famed animated films, this time focusing on "101 Dalmations" villain Cruella de Vil. Scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, who has also put time in on Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" for the studio, will pen and produce the "Cruella" tale.

Disney's "101 Dalmations" came out in 1961. The film had a live-action makeover in 1996 (where Glenn Close played the puppy-poaching de Vil), and a sequel in 2000, also starring Close. The actress will be an executive producer on "Cruella."

Meanwhile, "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty baddie, hits theaters next summer. Disney did bang-up business in 2010 with Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp, which explains the enthusiasm for live-action updates.

The in-demand Brosh McKenna is best known for writing "The Devil Wears Prada"; she's also got the new Quvenzhane Wallis version of "Annie" in the pipeline.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.