Disney plans live action Beauty and the Beast

2013-03-12 20:06
Los Angeles - Disney is planning a live action Beauty and the Beast film.

The studio is in talks with British screenwriter Joe Ahearne to script the adventurous film following the success of the James Franco-starring Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $80m in its opening weekend in the US last week.

The film, which is tentatively titled The Beast, may be a darker take on the classic fairytale and is expected to be filmed in 3D like Oz and Disney's 2010 re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, according to Deadline.

Ahearne wrote the script for the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed heist thriller, Trance, while his other credits include TV shows The Secret of Crickley Hall and Da Vinci's Demons.

The film will be produced by Disney's LouAnne Brickhouse, along with Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

Disney released its critically acclaimed animated version of Beauty and the Beast in 1991, which was re-released in 3D last year. The film earned over $400m at the box office worldwide and was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

The classic movie is based on the French fairytale La Belle et la BĂȘte by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.


  • Chantal Grundling - 2013-03-13 01:46

    They must make a movie exactly like the original classic movie. I use to watch the movie over and over when I was a kid.

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