Emma Stone’s streak continues. The American actress, whom viewers know from such blockbuster films as “Birdman”, “The Servants”, “The Favorite” or the musical “La La Land”, for which she won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, recently played the lead role in the spectacular the comedy “Cruell”.
In a production about the rebellious beginnings of Cruella de Mon known from the novel “101 Dalmatians” and its cult adaptation, Stone portrayed Estella, a bright and creative girl who dreams of a career as a designer. The film shows the transformation of the heroine, who, thanks to her relationship with the legend of the fashion world, Baroness von Hellman, turns to the wicked side and becomes Cruella, hungry for revenge. The production, enthusiastically received by viewers, turned out to be a box office success, grossing over $ 220 million worldwide. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Disney decided to shoot the second part of the film.
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As “Deadline” has just revealed, Stone signed a contract with the label for the sequel to “Cruella”. Craig Gillespie will be behind the camera again, and the script will be written by Tony McNamara, who has such titles as “The Favorite” and “Wielka”. According to unofficial information, Stone can earn up to $ 50 million on the sequel of “Cruella”, making her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
Celebrity agent Patrick Whitesell says the contract sets new standards in the movie industry, protecting performers from possible fraud. “Although the media landscape has been significantly disrupted by the pandemic, generating serious problems for all distributors, their creative partners must not remain aloof. This deal shows that it is possible to protect artists and pool the interests of actors and labels,” he commented in a statement.
Reports of the Stone contract surfaced shortly after the world heard about a lawsuit Scarlett Johansson filed against Disney. The “Black Widow” star accused the company responsible for the distribution of the film of breaching the terms of the contract. The reason for the conflict is the studio’s decision to simultaneously make the production available in cinemas and on the Disney + streaming platform.
The actress claims that she was deceived, because the contract guaranteed only a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of tickets, and the studio reportedly assured her that “Black Widow” will premiere only in theaters. Placing the title in the VOD catalog ultimately reduced the film’s earnings in the box office, and thus inevitably lowered Johansson’s salary.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the star of Black Widow and Lost in Translation topped the list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses. As Forbes recently reported, she was dethroned this year by Sofia Vergara, who earned $ 43 million. Meanwhile, the lucrative contract between Emma Stone and Disney may lead to further reshuffles.
“Actors are complaining that they are losing millions as people are increasingly giving up going to theaters in favor of watching movies at home. The pandemic has radically changed our habits in this regard. This is surely a landmark deal for Emma. If the second installment of” Cruella “proves to be hit, he could easily earn up to $ 50 million, “said a Disney employee who wished to remain anonymous, quoted by the Daily Mail. The plot of the planned continuation of the film is so far shrouded in mystery. It is speculated that the action will be set just after the events of the first part, but before those of “101 Dalmatians”. The release date has not yet been disclosed.