Yikes! Cruella de Vil is getting her own Disney movie

The villainess from 101 Dalmatians is being given a film of her very own that will join Disney's growing roster of live action returns to classic movies and characters

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Look out children (and dalmatian puppies): Cruella de Vil is getting her own movie.

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The arch villainess from 101 Dalmatians is to take centre stage in her own live action Disney film, Cruella, to be scripted by Saving Mr Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel.

The film will present a new adventure for the vain and bloodthirsty villainess who was created by British author Dodie Smith in her 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians before becoming a Disney character in the 1961 animated movie.

Glenn Close played the character – whose name is a play on the words cruel and devil – in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians and the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians.

Disney will be hoping that the Cruella film will continue the recent success its enjoyed with live-action remakes.

Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed $1 billion at the global box office in 2010 while Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, raked in $758m world-wide. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella also grossed more than half a billion dollars.

Cruella will also join a burgeoning roster of live-action remakes from the studio with The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Tim Burton’s Alice Through the Looking Glass also in development.

Other Disney live action event films currently in the works include Dumbo, which Burton is also reported to be working on, Tink with Reese Witherspoon, which focuses on new adventures for Tinker Bell, the fairy from the classic JM Barrie book Peter Pan, and a Maleficent sequel.

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Marcel is attached to write Cruella alongside Steve Zissis, one of the co-creators of the US TV comedy Togetherness, according to the Hollywood Reporter.