Mozart in the Jungle co-creator Alex Timbers was originally set to direct the film, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues with his Broadway productions of Moulin Rouge and Beetlejuice, both of which will begin next year. Gillespie has previously worked with Disney directing Million Dollar Arm and The Finest Hours.
Cruella will see Stone in what will be an origin story for the titular villain. It is said to be set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.
The script was first written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) with the most recent draft having been completed by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks