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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
© Walt Disney
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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