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Bill Condon expected to direct Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast

Apr. 11, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Bill Condon has had one crazy career: going back to the bizarre sequel CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH, Condon went on to direct the critically acclaimed GODS AND MONSTERS and KINSEY. He also helmed the award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS on the way to bringing us both parts of TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN. Now, it looks like he may be embracing his musical experience with a live action adaptation of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Following Disney's current trend of adapting their animated masterpieces as live action extravaganzas (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MALEFICENT, CINDERELLA), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be competing with Guillermo Del Toro's in development adaptation of the same fairy tale. Film Divider shared their confidence that Condon would get the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST gig from Disney, so expect an announcement in the near future if all pans out.

If Disney has made any mistakes with adapting their animated films to date it would be that they have all been essentially live action cartoons. ALICE IN WONDERLAND was batshit crazy, but used too much CGI even for Tim Burton. MALEFICENT looks like it may be somewhat intriguing but I still think there is way too much green screen. We have to wait to see how Kenneth Branagh's CINDERELLA will look but I am hoping for better from a film starring Cate Blanchett. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is tricky because the Disney take is full of anthropomorphic furniture as well as the lion-like beast, so I would think we will get something along the lines of what we have already seen to date.

My only recommendation is that they keep this one a musical and cast Anna Kendrick after her great monologue performance on the most recent episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Source: Twitter

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2:31PM on 04/12/2014

Two words.

CGI-OVERKILL

Since its Disney, I'm guessing all that 'gritty' storytelling style will be dialed down which would be a welcomed move but with the inevetible IMAX 3D combo it'll be a borefest.

But hey, I'm not the target audience here so guess its no biggie.
CGI-OVERKILL

Since its Disney, I'm guessing all that 'gritty' storytelling style will be dialed down which would be a welcomed move but with the inevetible IMAX 3D combo it'll be a borefest.

But hey, I'm not the target audience here so guess its no biggie.
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8:13PM on 04/11/2014

They just finished this one

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7:30PM on 04/11/2014
Two versions of Beauty and the Beast at the same time? Oh good, so it'll be another one of those situations with the two Snow White movies that nobody gave a shit about.
Two versions of Beauty and the Beast at the same time? Oh good, so it'll be another one of those situations with the two Snow White movies that nobody gave a shit about.
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6:02PM on 04/11/2014
Dude who played Superman in Man Of Steel for Gaston.
Dude who played Superman in Man Of Steel for Gaston.
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8:59PM on 04/12/2014
If you don't know his name, there's this site called IMDB you can look it up on. Or Wikipedia. Either one works.

Heck, do a search for Man of Steel here on JoBlo and you'll find it.
If you don't know his name, there's this site called IMDB you can look it up on. Or Wikipedia. Either one works.

Heck, do a search for Man of Steel here on JoBlo and you'll find it.
6:01PM on 04/11/2014
Oh and John C. Reilly for The Beast. The end when the curse is lifted and the beast is revealed to be handsome John C. Reilly would be amazing.
Oh and John C. Reilly for The Beast. The end when the curse is lifted and the beast is revealed to be handsome John C. Reilly would be amazing.
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6:00PM on 04/11/2014
Oh and John C. Reilly for The Beast. The end when the curse is lifted and the beast is revealed to be handsome John C. Reilly would be amazing.
Oh and John C. Reilly for The Beast. The end when the curse is lifted and the beast is revealed to be handsome John C. Reilly would be amazing.
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5:57PM on 04/11/2014
Dude who played Superman in Man Of Steel for Gaston.
Dude who played Superman in Man Of Steel for Gaston.
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5:30PM on 04/11/2014
Anna Kendrick would make for the perfect Belle.
Anna Kendrick would make for the perfect Belle.
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5:25PM on 04/11/2014
Try all they want but no one will ever be able to capture the magic that Cocteau did with this story in '46.
Try all they want but no one will ever be able to capture the magic that Cocteau did with this story in '46.
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