Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Film for Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

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With the recent release of “Maleficent,” which grossed more than $170 million worldwide in its opening weekend, Disney is working fast on its next live-action fairy-tale adaptation.

Bill Condon is set to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney.

Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script with Mandeville Films producing.

The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.

Disney has been on a roll lately thanks to successful updates of literary classics like “Alice and Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz” and reinventions of its own stories into big box office hits. The Mouse House is also developing a live-action version of “The Jungle Book,” which has Jon Favreau directing, and its “Cinderella,” helmed by Kenneth Branagh, is set to bow next March.

Condon is best known for his hit feature adaptation of the musical “Dreamgirls,” and his experience in helming a film with strong musical elements will help this film, which could very easily go down that path. Condon also penned the script to the widely successful adaptation of musical “Chicago.”

He also delivered two of the best reviewed films in the “Twilight” series and most recently adapted the script to Fox’s “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” Condon is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz.

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  1. gothamstages says:

    Reblogged this on GOTHAM STAGES and commented:
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  2. Brad says:

    To OP, it is only necessary because these studios love-love-love money, and the cost of originality.
    Now moving on, IMHO the original animated movie is one of the best animated movies of all time, and beyond that, one of the top 100 movies ever. The original is pretty much perfectly crafted and written and in every way entertaining and effective. This was the same way as the original Sleeping Beauty, one of the most beautiful and entertaining and classic movies ever, and they rebooted it pretty ineffectively as something darker (predictable) and almost nothing to do with the princess and the prince. I would hope that would do something better with Beauty and the Beast live action, but I agree that is not necessary, and animation was the perfect medium for the story.

  3. Tony says:

    I hope this is an adaption of the musical that would be beautiful.

  4. cadavra says:

    And coming up next: A live-action version of 101 DALMATIANS!

    Oh, wait a minute…

  5. Mark says:

    Thank goodness they didn’t ask linda wolverton to write it. I mean she may have contributed a little to the original, but it was written by a total of 12 people–11 of them fixing her “writing.”

  6. OP says:

    I want to know why this is necessary, but since it’s going to happen anyway I hope the Beast is legitimately frightening and not some lame cop out like Beastly or the CW show.

  7. Sean Horace says:

    Will it be like the Broadway musical version? This live adaptation?

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