Disney will be adapting its 1991 animated pic “Beauty and the Beast” recreating it into a full live-action pic. “Twilight” director, Bill Condon was announced to helm the said adaptation, but who will be penning its script? To find out whom, read on.
Following the announcement last June that Bill Condon will direct the adaptation, Entertainment Weekly’s two sources confirm that “Perks of Being the Wallflower” author, scribe and helmer Stephen Chbosky will be penning the draft of the script for Disney’s live-action adaptation of its 1991 animation “Beauty and the Beast”. It was also reported that the new pic will be featuring music from both original animation from Disney and its long-running Broadway musical.
With “Maleficent” proving successful earlier this year, it’s no wonder that Disney may intend to ride its success, venturing out on pics featuring its classic fairytales.
Disney’s “Maleficent” released in May 30, 2014 in the U.S. stars Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess in a reimagining of Disney’s 1959 animation, Sleeping Beauty. The pic proved to be a commercial success opening to a $175.5 million earning, while grossing $240,366,802 in North America as of September 28, 2014, and $516,342,000 in other territories for a total gross of $756,708,802,
Moreover, Warner Brothers is also interested to produce its own “Beauty and the Beast” pic, featuring Emma Watson as the lead, Belle, however the studio’s plans have come to a halt as helmer Guillermo del Toro ((“The Strain”) announced last June that he will no longer direct the film. Warner has yet to announce its plans for the pic.
The 1991 Disney animation, “Beauty and the Beast” that premiered at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 1991 gained critical acclaim, scoring a rare “A+” from CinemaScore, become a box office success earning over $424 million worldwide since. The animation was nominated for several awards, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In 2002, the pic which was described as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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