Monday, September 30, 2013

Marc Davis's Handiwork Lives On

Okay, not Mr. D.'s, exactly, but the sum total of Dodie Smith's, Bill Peet's, and Marc's efforts embedded in an older animated feature.

Aline Brosh McKenna has been hired to pen Cruella, which will bring the dog-fur-loving fashionista from 101 Dalmatians into a live-action feature to be produced by Andrew Gunn, who produced Sky High and Bedtime Stories for the studio. McKenna will also produce.

De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians but became a Disney icon with the 1961 animated movie. And it's not the character's first incarnation in a live-action feature. Glenn Close memorably played the character in 1996's 101 Dalmatians and the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians.

In fact, Close is in involved with Cruella, acting as an executive producer. ...

So I guess we'll be seeing the back-story, whatever it turns out to be. Conglomerates have come to understand that they can't go far wrong mining the deep veins of well-loved films.

Beats coming up with new ideas.


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