BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Live-Action Film to be Directed by Bill Condon for Disney

     June 4, 2014


About two months ago we asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Bill Condon would be directing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast for Disney.  Well, now that the studio’s Maleficent picture is nearing $200 million worldwide in its first week of release, they’re apparently anxious to move onto the next project.  New reports confirm Condon will indeed head up the Beauty and the Beast live-action treatment, scripted by Evan Spiliotopoulos.  If the new version is anything close to its animated forebear (which earned $375 million and a Best Picture Oscar nomination), then Disney is in for another payday.  Hit the jump for more.

Variety reports bill_condon-beauty-and-the-beastthat Condon will direct Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s latest live-action treatment.  Few details are available on the tone or plot of the script at the moment, or whether or not the film will even feature musical numbers.  The fairy tale has been adapted numerous times over the years and appears in just as many variations from its original state.  Disney’s animated classic fluffed up the action a bit by adding the plot element of a raucous group of villagers attacking the Beast’s castle.  We’ll have to wait and see how Condon’s live-action version changes the core story.

Condon’s had quite an array of directorial efforts, including biographical pictures Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and The Fifth Estate; a Broadway musical adaptation in Dreamgirls; and commercial hits, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2.  Other upcoming films from Disney include Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, and Jon Favreau’s live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015.

  • Jamie

    Margot Robbie for Belle. Jeremy Irvine for Beast.

  • Hunter

    What happened to Del Toro’s version with Emma Watson?

    • Jeremy Flores

      still spinning its wheels

    • bidi

      i was just gonna ask that. i thought that was at Disney. i guess not

      • bidi

        also, Ron Perlman probably would’ve been the beast. in heavy makeup. that would be just excellent

      • Strong Enough

        he played beast in the 90s. doubt he do it again

  • Strong Enough

    thats one hell of a last name

    • HeyDude789

      That’s one hell of a clever comment….

      • Strong Enough

        sorry Mr. Spiliotopoulos didn’t mean to offend

      • Jeff

        Mr. Spill on top of us.

  • Disney is the Dark Side

    The writer they have for this is terrible, so don’t expect much better than what we got with Maleficent. Is Disney just going to remake every animated movie into live-action now?

    • guest

      If people keep seeing them. That’s why I wanted Maleficent to flop. Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz prequel, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and now Maleficent: all based on beloved classic works, huge budgets, big stars, big directors, but none of them have been good. Some would say awful.

  • GrimReaper07

    Yay. Another boring and visually drab live-action version of a beloved animated classic/fairy tale.

  • The Flobbit

    I think Maleficent should teach people that remaking classic animated films is a BAD IDEA.

    • Mixed race rich kid NYC

      You know you don’t have to comment on every single post

      • Pk

        I would say the same to you…

      • The Flobbit

        Everything you say is irrelevant, after your giant cock-up predicting Days of Future Past’s horrible flop.

        500 million and counting, yo! That’s 300 million things saying you’re wrong.

  • bidi

    Beauty and the Beast was and always has been my favorite Disney cartoon. loved that shit as a kid. i’m hopeful that this will be good, but based on Disney’s track record with these live action adaptations, i’m not holding my breath

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    Thank god I have the jean Cocteau version to watch and watch again
    Never saw another beauty and the beast adaption
    Yes not even the 90 cartoon version

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  • I’m usually not a negative guy

    But all I can see are boardroom meetings all the way up until 3 months before the movie comes out, with everyone debating whether the Beast is scary enough… or hot enough

    And then it ends up looking like nothing

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