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Live Action Beauty and the Beast Gets Director

The Director of Twilight?

By Robert T. Trate     June 05, 2014
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Beauty and the Beast - Live Action coming from Disney
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With Maleficent bringing home the bacon last weekend. Plus live action versions of Cinderella and The Jungle Book already in production. Disney is tapping another one of their favorites for a live action adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Beauty and the Beast is their next film and Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2) will helm the feature. 

Now before you do your face palm moment in reading this article. Too late? Condon has also directed Kinsey and Gods and Monsters. Two very fine films that have nothing to do with glittering Vampires. If the film will indeed be a musical, as it should be, Condon also directed Dreamgirls and wrote the screenplay for Chicago

My question is: why Beauty and the Beast? The film has been made over and over again as a live action feature before. If Disney really wants to a challenge why not The Rescuers, Sword in the Stone, or even The Little Mermaid

I admire Disney for taking on the challenge of bringing their animated features to (real) life. However, is this just another to way to cash in on a sure fire hit? It seems no different than taking a popular TV show and making it into a movie. 

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Miner49er 6/5/2014 9:08:45 AM

How about a live action version of Home on the Range?

redhairs99 6/5/2014 12:27:00 PM

 The same could be said of The Jungle Book.  It's been adapted into live action many, many times.  Although my personal favorite is the 1942 version starring Sabu.

monkeyfoot 6/5/2014 1:08:46 PM

Pretty much all the fairy tales have been made into live action versions numerous times. They are timeless. The thing you have to do is somehow make the latest version unique in some way. Condon sounds like the perfect director for this.

Redhairs, I love the Jungle Book with Sabu! I also love the French 1946 version of Beauty and the Beast. It comes across like a gothic horror story.

Redshirt1 6/6/2014 8:13:56 AM

Strictly speaking if you include the Disney adapted plays then both Beauty and the Beast and Lion King are already live action. I guess Disney figures this is just a new way to market and make money off of franchises they already own. They can market a whole new line of merchandise while at the same time continue to make money off existing products based on the original material.

blankczech 6/6/2014 9:43:45 AM

 This is what Disney does.  Why do you think they wanted Marvel and Lucas Films.  They wanted their characters and stories. It gave them a slew of modern fairy tales to work with. Their CEO Robert Iger as much as said that when they bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009.  This treasure trove of 5,000 characters offers Disney the opportunity to do what we do best. Which is to sell Marvel's vast array of characters accross different media platforms (Movies, TV, video games etc) and in many more markets.  It also gave Disney content that appealed to boys, a market they were a little weak in and looking to expand.

Monkeyfoot says that these fairy tales are timeless.  To me that means that I can enjoy them and later my children can, and still later my children's children can also.  It doesn't mean you remake the same story over and over again every 10 years in a slightly different format.  A while back if you liked the 1946 version of Beauty and the Beast and wished to see it again you had to hope some TV station would decide to air it.  Now through the wonder of things like DVDs, DVRs, internet streaming, ON DEMAND and the like,  we can see it whenever we want to see it...we don't need an inferior remake.



momitchell7 6/6/2014 10:01:46 AM

Who cares? the people who want ot see it will and the peoplel who don't wont. It won't take anything away from ANY of the previous incarnations - lovers who are married to those can continue to watch them at home whenever they want to.

VioLatorr 6/6/2014 11:26:07 AM

  I agree momitchell. There are new generations of kids who dont really care about old school hand-drawn animated Disney movies. They like what's out NOW. And if reintroducing these stories to these kids means doing newly imagined live re-makes, then I see nothing wrong with that. We've entered an era where they have the ability to redo anything at anytime with new technologies and imaginations. You just have to accept that's what's happening, or just ignore everything and be all bahumbug about it. 

btw a live action Little Mermaid would be very interesting. They could even do a Namor - Ariel crossover ... =)

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 6/6/2014 6:40:25 PM

 I know I can't stand when people whine about remakes like little bitches.

kinetoscope 6/7/2014 10:51:09 AM

 I can't stand it either. This will make money. That is the #1 reason why. I predicted that they would do a live action movie with their top 10 princeses.  I would not be shocked if did a team up movie using time travel to get all of them together (like the Avengers). That movie would make a load of money.



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