Disney is looking to reboot the Beauty and the Beast franchise with an all-new live-action movie.
The studio is in the process of reinventing one of its most beloved franchises by transforming the story into a new live-action experience. The tale will reportedly focus more on the Beast than the Beauty for this particular outing.
Disney has reportedly hired scribe Joe Ahearne to handle scripting duties on the new version of Beauty and the Beast. Ahearne previously wrote the film Trance for acclaimed director Danny Boyle.
The upcoming reimagining of the classic tale will also get a new title to reflect the changes begin made to the story. Disney will reportedly call the movie The Beast when it finds its way into theaters at some point in the near future.
The decision to move forward with this new version of Beauty of the Beast is seemingly inspired by the success of recent fairy tale movies. Both Snow White and the Huntsman and Oz: The Great and Powerful have proved popular with moviegoers as of late.
Disney also enjoyed box office success with director Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland. Since people seem drawn to these fantastical stories, it’s not altogether surprising that the studio would want to update one of its most popular animated properties in an effort to cash in.
However, Disney isn’t the only studio currently putting together its own version of Beauty and the Beast. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is reportedly working on his own adaptation of the story for the folks at Warner Bros.
Although del Toro’s version started out as an adaptation of Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast by author Robin McKinley, it has since evolved into something else entirely. It’s unclear when Warner Bros. and the prolific director will get the film into theaters.
Are you a fan of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast franchise? What do you think about the studio reimagining the story as a dark live-action feature?