Disney Sets Joe Ahearne to Pen Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Reimagining THE BEAST

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Fresh off the rather large opening weekend for Sam Raimi’s fantasy pic Oz the Great and Powerful, Disney is ready to put a new spin on yet another classic story.  Deadline reports that screenwriter Joe Ahearne, who most recently wrote Danny Boyle’s upcoming psychological thriller Trance, has been tapped to pen the script for a live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast called The Beast.  This seemingly sets off yet another Snow White-esque race between two fairy tale-themed pics, as Warner Bros. has long been developing a new take on Beauty and the Beast with Guillermo del Toro directing and Emma Watson set to star.  Hit the jump for more on Disney’s latest move towards world domination.

beauty-and-the-beastThe development of Oz the Great and Powerful was a direct result of the massive success of Disney’s 2010 reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, which went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.  Now that Raimi’s Oz seems like it’s enjoying similar success (though its opening weekend wasn’t near as big as Wonderland’s), Disney appears to be confident enough to move forward with yet another live-action revisionist take on a classic fairy tale in addition to the upcoming Maleficent and Cinderella.

Ahearne’s darker-leaning previous work likely means that we’re in for something quite different from Disney’s classic 1991 animated iteration of Beauty and the Beast, so it’ll be interesting to see how Disney handles the rougher parts of the story.  Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will be producing The Beast alongside Disney’s LouAnne Brickhouse.  It remains to be seen if Disney will wait to see how Ahearne’s script turns out before attaching a director or if they’ll start looking for a helmer straight away, but you can bet they won’t be letting this thing linger in development for too long.

What this means for Guillermo del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast is uncertain.  Del Toro has slowly been continuing development on his film while he juggles his hundreds of other projects, and last February Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’ Diary) came on to pen the script.  Del Toro’s schedule is pretty packed in the near future with post-production on Pacific Rim and the pilot for the FX series The Strain, and he’s set to begin filming his next feature film, the haunted house story Crimson Peak, early next year, so his next open window to start filming a new movie would likely be late 2014 or sometime in 2015.

If Warner Bros. wants to pick up the pace on their Beauty and the Beast film as a result of Disney’s announcement, del Toro will likely be replaced as director, unfortunately.  Hopefully they have enough confidence in their project that they stick with del Toro’s vision and give him the time he needs to bring it to fruition.

What do you think, folks?  Do you want to see a new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast from Disney, and if so, who would you like to see direct it?

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  • randommale7

    Del Toro seems like the best guy for a live action Beauty and the Beast so i’m hoping he gets to do Warner’s. As for Disney’s i honestly don’t care about it…

    • Vinny

      I remember seeing the Disney musical version, and i absolutely loved it! I think Disney needs to stop this ‘other perspective’ storyline with their old films and just make a good live-action Beauty and The Beast adaptation. It’s a smart idea, but i think they are taking it to an extreme. Just make a great live action adaptation and we will all be happy. And this better not be a cash cow, like most things at disney, this better be done RIGHT!

  • AJD1984

    I’m 100% certain that Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 NOT 1993

  • Bob

    Oz was surprisingly better than I thought it would be( they still miss casted Franco though), but I am not okay with this. These fairy tale adaptations are getting ridiculous now. Way to many of them and honestly the “genre” just isn’t that good imho, I would say Alice and Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful are the best ones(haven’t seen Jack) and thats not high praise. Compare it to say the Superhero/Comic genre thats also booming and your naming fantastic films that in time, if not already,will be classics like The Dark Knight and The Avengers. Then there’s Iron Man, Batman Begins, then there’s XFirstClass/X2, Kick-Ass, Spider-Man 1-2, TASM etc. I mean just so many great and or good films and that’s why I believe the Superhero/Comic genre deserves the booming in popularity its getting. But this “modern fairy tale take” just shouldn’t be this popular. The only reason I would see Del Toro’s is because it freaking Del Toro, and Emma Watson is a great actress and is extremely beautiful.

    • DREDD

      Have yet to see this new OZ, but i thought Franko looked miscast from the trailers. Christof Walts would have been my pic for the Wizard.

      I’m also possibly in a minority here but I thought Alice in wonderland was horrible, but I loved the much hated Snow White and the Huntsman. Much grittier than id imagined, and i prefered the Dwarf effects to those in the Hobbit (which i loved)

      • Hunter

        I really don’t think he was miscast. The wizard in the original was nothing more than a nervous man hiding behind the curtains. I think Franco was exactly what they were looking for.

  • Vinny

    I remember seeing the Disney musical version, and i absolutely loved it! I think Disney needs to stop this \’other perspective\’ storyline with their old films and just make a good live-action Beauty and The Beast adaptation. It\’s a smart idea, but i think they are taking it to an extreme. Just make a great live action adaptation and we will all be happy. And this better not be a cash cow, like most things at disney, this better be done RIGHT!

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  • Gavin

    I friggin’ love the disney musical classic, although I’m not quite sure if it would look great in live-action or not. It all depends on tastes and since I thought Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was a great re-imagining of the imagination of Lewis Carroll and Snow White and the Huntsman was a pretty cool epic film, I hope the live-action version of BATB doesn’t suck. So, please, Disney, make at least a good storyline!

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