‘Breaking Dawn’ Director to Helm Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Beauty and the Beast 1991 Breaking Dawn Director to Helm Disneys Live Action Beauty and the Beast

With Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent taking the #1 spot at the domestic box office this past weekend – having already raked in close to $200 million dollars worldwide – it’s no surprise that Disney is planning to move full steam ahead with its next live-action reinvention of a classic animated property. This time out, Disney is hopeful that moviegoers around the world will want to “be their guest” once again.

Disney is reportedly prepping a live-action adaptation of the seminal Beauty and the Beast fairytale. The story was of course previously adapted into a Disney animated feature back in 1991. That film remains one of the most well-regarded in the history of American animation, holding the distinction of being one of the only animated works to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Beauty and the Beast has gone on to become one of Disney’s most beloved franchises, with Belle and the Beast appearing in direct-to-video follow-ups, theme park rides, video games, books, and mountains of other Disney merchandise.

According to Variety, Bill Condon – perhaps best known to younger audiences for his work helming both installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - is being brought on to direct Beauty and the Beast. Whatever one thinks of the Twilight series, it’s entirely reasonable that Disney would think Condon is the right man to direct Beauty and the Beast. This new film will very likely target the teen and tween audience, and the Twilight films made their vast fortune off of that very demographic. Condon also has experience handling love affairs between humans and non-humans as well. All kidding aside, from a marketing standpoint, the decision makes sense.

Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest Breaking Dawn Director to Helm Disneys Live Action Beauty and the Beast

It’s not like Condon hasn’t directed quality films before. His first claim to fame was the critically-acclaimed James Whale biopic Gods & Monsters in 1998; he then went on to direct the Oscar-winning musical Dreamgirls, which would make him the perfect choice should Disney decide to include musical numbers in the live-action Beauty and the Beast. In other words: to judge Condon as a director solely on his contributions to the Twilight franchise would be short-sighted.

Beauty and the Beast is only the latest Disney animated property set to be re-adapted for the big-screen. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau will soon direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and a Kenneth Branagh-helmed live-action version of Cinderella hits theaters in early 2015. Will this mark a creative renaissance for Disney’s classic franchises? Only time (and possibly Jiminy Cricket) will tell.

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is in development, and has no current release date.

Source: Variety

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  1. Just we need the live action gaston theme

    • I would die laughing if Henry Cavill was cast as Gaston. That would be perfect.

      • Yes please!!!

  2. King of misleading title, even though he did direct Breaking Dawn. You’re basically telling people this is a death sentence, which it isn’t. Bill Condon directed great movies like Gods & Monsters and Kinsey, and the only reason why his Twilight movies sucked was because it was inevitable. It’s like trying to serve excrement to a customer, no matter what you do to the excrement it’s still crap.

  3. What is up with the Guillermo del Toro one with Emma Watson? Really looked forward to those two doing their work.

    And wow, Henry Cavill would be awesome. lol

    I would also giggle, but less pleasantly so, if Charlie Cox were Beast.

    • Daniel Craig would make an interesting Beast.

      • YES PLEASE!!!

      • I would have never thought about that, but now that you mention it, that would be brilliant.

      • Isn’t Beast in the X-Men movie? Oh….wrong one…I’m so confused…!

    • Haha. Stardust reference?

  4. Condon didn’t direct Chicago, that was Rob Marshall. Either way, I hope they make a GOOD movie for once, not here for them ruining one of my favorite Disney classics.

    • Correction…THE Disney classic my good man.

      • That would be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

  5. The movie-length cartoon pictured above was actually pretty great; I enjoyed it. Wonder if this new live-action one will feature music from the animated movie?

  6. PFFFFFFTTT! Henry Cavill is Superman. Why would he be interested to play a villain in a movie produced by the rival of the company who gave him his most iconic role?

    It’s amazing the wishful thinking of some Disney supporters.

    • That’s the irony of it all: Cavill would be playing a villain that is basically a pompous Superman. And he’d be doing it under Disney, not Marvel. The souls of actors are not sold to the studios in which they work with. Except maybe Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros.

    • Yeah, I’m thinking that a secondary role in a Disney film will not be what he’s looking for right now…

  7. Dwayne Johnson for Gaston! Lol

  8. What upsets me is they rather target the teen/tweens then the very people who grew up watching the movie and buying all the junk they threw out at us. But no, by all means, cast us old foggies to the side. What do we know about Beauty and the Beast. It’s not like I can quote the entire movie verbatim, songs and all. Nope. Not at all.

  9. the French already did that earlier this year.

    just google “la belle et la bete” . it did well at the European box-office

  10. @ACW

    That would be nice and all except he’s carrying with him the role of Superman, the most well-known superhero of DC which is under WB, Disney’s biggest rival. DC is still getting its gears moving with its budding franchise, and HC has to maintain that Superman reputation and not delve into villainous roles. That’s like dreaming Chris Evans would play Doomsday for WB.

    Nothing’s wrong with wishful thinking though. I just think it’ll never happen.

  11. I dont like this whole idea of “live actioning” disney´s collection.

  12. imagine if disney would do a live action version of their old classic “The Black Cauldron”. Now that could make a pretty sweet movie if done right.

  13. Warnner Bros. should do a live adaption of The Iron Giant.

  14. Ron Perlman for Beast!

  15. First Universal claim to be making a live-action Little Mermaid (no Disney, wtf?), then Disney announce a live-action Cinderella with Kenneth Branagh, THEN they announce THIS. Is this the start of a new trend in Hollywood? Cos I don’t approve. So far Maleficent seems to be the only original idea by not being a straight remake of Sleeping Beauty.

  16. This, Aladdin, and Mermaid could be really good if they make them with a realistic dark tone.

  17. There is already a live action adaptation of the Jungle Book, and it is really good.
    It’s not a Disney, though.

  18. There has also already been a live action Pocahontas adaptation.
    It’s called Avatar I think.

  19. I’m surprised no one is mentioning that this already happened 30 years ago. Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, anyone?

  20. “It’s not like Condon hasn’t directed quality films before. His first claim to fame was the critically-acclaimed James Whale biopic Gods & Monsters in 1998; he then went on to direct the Oscar-winning musical Dreamgirls, which would make him the perfect choice should Disney decide to include musical numbers in the live-action Beauty and the Beast. In other words: to judge Condon as a director solely on his contributions to the Twilight franchise would be short-sighted.”

    Then why on God’s green Earth was this the headline of the article? Wouldn’t it be a little better to reference the director as an Oscar-nominated, critically acclaimed director rather than someone who directed one Twilight movie?

  21. Please not Kristen Stewart as Belle.

  22. well this is really good news I’d love to see a live action “Be Our Guest” Lumiere will be phenomenal! imagine Lumiere and Cogsworth! oh this is gonna be good!

    Henry Cavill has the face and the body. the only thing he needs to prove is Gaston’s sexist/jerk persona. it will be a challenge distancing himself with he’s Superman skin.
    that’s if he’d get it.
    Dwayne cant be Gaston. although he has the attitude and the body but he doesnt look
    french enough. Henry has it. but I’m sure they’ll pick a worthy actor

    I’m looking forward for the musical scenes, they better make a good rendition on the songs. and I’ll be very happy.

    Lily Collins, Hayley Steinfield, Emma Stone as Belle? or probably Emma Watson could do it she is part french

    with all these adaptions they’re making, they can remake all they want. but I still dont see a little mermaid live action in the future. I cant imagine the struggle on rendering each character’s hair underwater. probably most of the scenes could be underwater. it’ll take an eternity for them to make a realistic underwater scene
    let see how Hollywood deals with this.

    -
    well this is going to be a problem in the long run. again we’re getting adaptions
    no originals.