Disney Announces Live-Action Adaptation of ‘Beauty And The Beast’


Hot on the heels of Maleficent‘s $70 million box office debut, Disney has announced plans to adapt another one of their classic animated stories in the not too distant future.

According to variety, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon has been tapped by the house that Mickey Mouse built to direct a live-action version of the studio 1991 hit, Beauty And The Beast. Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script with Mandeville Films producing. No release date has been set.

Beauty and The Beast is actually a classic fairytale. The earliest published version of the story was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and appeared in France in the 18th century. Disney adapted the story in 1991 for the animated world, and audiences could not get enough. To date, the animated version has earned more than $218 million at the global box office.

Hollywood loves fairytale adaptations as of late, so it might not come as that big of a surprise that Guillermo Del Toro is also working on his own version of Beauty And The Beast. The project does not have a release date either, but we are hopeful Del Toro will tap Ron Perlman to portray Beast.

Disney also has several additional live-action adaptations on their upcoming film slate. Fans can expect new versions of The Jungle Book and Cinderella, not to mention a villain-focus take on Cruella from 101 Dalmations, to be released in the coming years. We’ll bring you more on all of these projects as soon as additional information becomes available.

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