Disney's obviously keen to remake their entire library of animated classics in uncomfortable live action, but since they already did this one with 101 Dalmatians back in the '90s, they're going in a more revisionist direction this time around. Like Maleficent, this is a prequel from the point of view of a young Cruella de Vil. Which is kind of a weird idea. There's no way to justify puppy murder, right? One rumored synopsis claims that the movie will show us the "real" origin of de Vil's "hatred of Dalmatians." But wasn't she only after the dogs to make a coat? Are we going to find out that her parents were gunned down in Crime Alley by a dalmatian?
Adding to the movie's curiosity factor, it will reportedly have a "punk vibe" and be set in either the '70s or '80s. Cruella will be played by Emma Stone, but her name will be "Estella" -- presumably, like Han Solo, her origin story will feature an awkward scene where she's given a new name by Sid Vicious or some junk. Also like Solo, Estella will have a sinister mentor who shows her the ropes, which are presumably also made of dead dog.