Considering their latest live-action film, Maleficent, raked in a whopping $170 million worldwide during its opening weekend, it really doesn’t come as a surprise that Disney would want to capitalize on that success by releasing yet another Disney classic as a live-action film.
Variety has reported that Bill Condon, perhaps best known for his work on Gods and Monsters, Chicago, Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, has been tapped to direct the live-action Beauty and the Beast film. Mandeville Films will be producing with Evan Spiliotopoulos writing the script.
In case you need reminding of how magical Beauty and the Beast really is, watch this:
Released in 1991, the original animated Beauty and the Beast film went on to gross over $424 million at the worldwide box office and became one of the few Disney animated films to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
The last few years have seen Disney rolling out all the punches to capitalize on the success of everybody’s favourite stories, like Alice and Wonderland (2010), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and Maleficent (2014). Disney also has live-action adaptions of The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and possibly The Little Mermaid, in the works.
There’s been no mention as to when fans can expect the live-action Beauty and the Beast film to hit theatres.