On the heels of Maleficent, Disney is readying their next live-action adaptation. Bill Condon, the director of Kinsey, Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls and The Fifth Estate, has been chosen to helm Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
Variety broke the news, stating that Condon’s “strong musical elements will help this film, which could very easily go down that path.”
Disney’s 1991 animated film, based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, told the story of Beast, a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle, a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. It was a huge hit, winning two Oscars and even earning a nomination for Best Picture.
While Maleficent has received mixed reviews at best, it has already brought in over $180 million worldwide, surely providing Disney with confidence in its upcoming adaptations. Before Beauty and the Beast, we’ll be receiving live-action versions of The Jungle Book, from director Jon Favreau, and Cinderella, from director Kenneth Branagh.