This year, Disney found immense success critically and commercially with the release of Craig Gillespie‘s Cruella, which starred Emma Stone in an origin story centered around the 101 Dalmations villain Cruella de Vil.
The film, which co-starred Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beachum, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Mark Strong, managed to pull in $226.1 million at the box office all while the COVID-19 pandemic was still on-going, which is quite impressive.
Two months ago, it was announced that Cruella would be getting a sequel with director Gillespie, screenwriter Tony McNamara, and Stone returning. But in the past month, when Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney for their release plan regarding the superhero flick, it was reported that Stone would file a lawsuit of her own also against the entertainment giant.
But it seems that Stone and Disney have struck a deal, as it has now been confirmed by Deadline that the actress will officially return for Cruella 2, which is still in the early stages of development. On the deal, Endeavour talent agency executive chairman Patrick Whitesell said:
“While the media landscape has been disrupted in a meaningful way for all distributors, their creative partners cannot be left on the sidelines to carry a disproportionate amount of the downside without the potential for upside. This agreement demonstrates that there can be an equitable path forward that protects artists and aligns studios’ interests with talent. We are proud to work alongside Emma and Disney and appreciate the studio’s willingness to recognize her contributions as a creative partner. We are hopeful that this will open the door for more members of the creative community to participate in the success of new platforms.”
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