'Dreamgirls' Director Takes Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'
Though Disney's live-action, revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that focused on the story from the villain's point-of-view made a splash at the box office to the tune of over $170 million worldwide, Maleficent hasn't been a critical darling. But the fairytale friendly studio still has their live-action version of Cinderella on the way, and their gestating new take on Beauty and the Beast is finally moving forward too. Variety has word that Dreamgirls and Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon is set to direct this new spin on the tale as old as time, but HitFix has some details on whether or not we can expect this version to be musical.
First up, Evan Spiliotopoulos, the man behind several of Disney's straight-to-DVD sequels for The Lion King and The Little Mermaid is writing the script, so our expectations are pretty low. But HitFix says the film will be a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical" that will use most of the songs written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman from the play and the animated Disney film. That's clearly why Condon is the right director for this gig. But still, we hope the script is strong, because that's where the real movie lies. Disney is all about live-action lately with The Jungle Book on the way too, and if they keep hitting at the box office, it likely won't stop soon. Are you interested?