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See How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Came to Life as Director Set For New Live-Action Version

Written by on June 5, 2014 


A tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast has been around since the 1700’s, but remains to be well-mined territory for cinema. From Jean Cocteau‘s 1946 classic to Disney’s landmark animation to forgettable modern-day updates such as Beastly all the way to this year’s Léa Seydoux-led international adaptation, it’s certainly not going away anytime soon. Today brings news of yet another adaptation of the story going forward.

Variety reports that Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) has been set by Disney to helm a live-action take on the story with a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos. There’s no details on the style it might take, but we could certainly see it heading down the common “gritty reboot” road. Getting to something more useful, we’ve got a video that takes us behind-the-scenes of how the animated classic came to be and while it’s a bit heavy on the Disney PR side, it does show off an earlier iteration that was thrown out. Check it out below along with Cocteau’s must-see classic, if you’ve got Hulu Plus.

What’s your favorite iteration of the story? Is Condon a strong fit?

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