Disney Cruella sequel is in early development

The villain's tale isn't over yet.

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Cruella appeared in theaters and on Disney Plus last week.

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Cruella, Disney's live-action flick focused on the villain from its animated classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians, has already spawned a sequel. The second Cruella movie is in early development, as noted earlier Friday by The Hollywood Reporter, and will continue the origin story of Cruella de Vil.

There's plenty of fodder for a sequel; Disney's Cruella, starring Emma Stone, left open the question of how Cruella became the "evil thing" we see in the 1961 cartoon (and in the later live-action remake, from 1996).

Cruella launched May 28 in movie theaters and via paid Premier Access on Disney Plus. The movie will become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without the extra Premier Access fee on Aug. 27, but for now it'll cost an additional $30 on top of your monthly bill for Disney's streaming service.

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Cruella has earned $48.5 million globally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it's gained a 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 74% critics score.

"We are very pleased with Cruella's box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance," a Disney spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement, adding that it's "among the most popular of our live-action reimaginings."