Glenn Close, who played De Vil in two popular Disney films, will serve as an executive producer

Disney is planning a new live-action movie centred on classic 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil.

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) has been hired to write the script, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed, and Glenn Close will serve as an executive producer. Close played De Vil in Disney’s 1996 live-action 101 Dalmatians movie and its 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.

De Vil, a glamorous London-based heiress who kidnaps dalmatian puppies for their polka dot fur, first appeared in Dodie Smith’s classic 1956 children’s novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians before Disney brought her to the big screen in its 1961 animated film of the same name and the two live-action movies starring Close.

Meanwhile, McKenna has also penned a live-action Cinderella film for Disney which director Kenneth Branagh started shooting last month (September) in London. The film’s cast includes Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother and Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother and Disney has set a release date of March 13, 2015.

In addition, Disney has made another of its glamorous baddies, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, into the centre of her own live-action movie starring Angelina Jolie. Maleficent will open in cinemas on May 30, 2014.