Disney is currently talking with UK-based writer Joe Ahearne, who is managed by Thruline and Principal Entertainment, to reimagine Beauty and the Beast. Ahearne most recently scripted Trance, the film that Danny Boyle directed.
The Beauty and the Beast will be live action, and with the success of Oz the Great and Powerful will definitely be in 3D.
Disney is calling this film The Beast, and with a film like Trance, which IMDB says is about, “An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting”. The Beast just might be created in a darker tone.
The film will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman and Disney’s LouAnne Brickhouse will steer the project.
Oh! And I almost forgot Emma Watson will star as Belle!!
Do you think Disney will create more live action fairytales from the classics or will use more public domain stories like Wizard of Oz?