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Christophe Gans to direct Beauty and the Beast starring Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel

Feb. 10, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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Belle at la Bete posterFairy tales have always been all the rage - whether it be for education, entertainment, or both.  And it seems that they're even more popular these days, what with there being three different versions of Snow White alone being worked on as we speak, though maybe it's all just due to the bewildering success of Tim Burton's cinematic atrocity ALICE IN WONDERLAND (it grossed over $1 billion worldwide). But whatever is up and for whatever reason, there's now another version of Beauty and the Beast readying itself to begin shooting. This one does seem a bit more promising though, especially after the very beastly BEASTLY.

Untitled and to be rewritten/directed by Christophe Gans, whose SILENT HILL was hampered most of all by a bad script not written by him, the film will star Lea Seydoux (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) and Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN). Gans' version is adapted from one of the very earliest renditions of the fairy tale, will be in French, and will shoot for around $40 million this fall. The director has said that on this project he wants to “surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before.”  Cassel meanwhile has been doing fantastic work for years and years, including in Gans' own BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, so provided that they don't go with some of the earlier illustrations that make the Beast look like a walrus this project has the potential to be something really special.

Lea Seydoux is very beautifulVincent Cassel being handsome

Extra Tidbit: What fairy tale hasn't had an update in a fair while that you would like to see? I vote for The Firebird.
Source: Deadline

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2:05PM on 02/12/2012
I wonder if Ron Perlman will make a cameo..? Y'know from the Tv-show?

as for a fairy tale yet to be adapted, how about The Princess & the Pea? It wont be a gritty peroid flick but a modern updated light-hearted rom-com starring James Franco and Jessica Chastain.
It could work just replace 'prince' with newly appointment young CEO & 'princess' with stranded/broke heirless.
I wonder if Ron Perlman will make a cameo..? Y'know from the Tv-show?

as for a fairy tale yet to be adapted, how about The Princess & the Pea? It wont be a gritty peroid flick but a modern updated light-hearted rom-com starring James Franco and Jessica Chastain.
It could work just replace 'prince' with newly appointment young CEO & 'princess' with stranded/broke heirless.
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2:24PM on 02/10/2012

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS...BUT

does anyone feel like they ( hollywood and world in general) is whoring out the fairy tale genre alitte too much. It's like the found footage revival since Cloverfield, one movie worked now they're shoving as much fairy tale stories as possible even with beauty and the beast...this is the 4th related project in 6 months!!!

I feel like there should be a CMON Hollywood segement for this.

Then again I'm excited ofr this is cuz its Chris Gans
does anyone feel like they ( hollywood and world in general) is whoring out the fairy tale genre alitte too much. It's like the found footage revival since Cloverfield, one movie worked now they're shoving as much fairy tale stories as possible even with beauty and the beast...this is the 4th related project in 6 months!!!

I feel like there should be a CMON Hollywood segement for this.

Then again I'm excited ofr this is cuz its Chris Gans
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10:12AM on 02/10/2012
'Bout time we got something new from Christophe Gans. And where's my Brotherhood of the Wolf Blu-ray, dammit!?
'Bout time we got something new from Christophe Gans. And where's my Brotherhood of the Wolf Blu-ray, dammit!?
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8:44AM on 02/10/2012

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Sleeping Beauty.
In the style of Snow White and the Huntsman - think of the dragon fight at the end! That would be Epic!
Sleeping Beauty.
In the style of Snow White and the Huntsman - think of the dragon fight at the end! That would be Epic!
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8:06AM on 02/10/2012

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How 'bout "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger"? It's no fairy tale but we're talking about reviving classics, right?
How 'bout "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger"? It's no fairy tale but we're talking about reviving classics, right?
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7:54AM on 02/10/2012
I'd call for Cinderella. Rated R too!
I'd call for Cinderella. Rated R too!
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