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Bill Condon to Direct Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Director Bill Condon has signed to direct a live action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

CondonThe news comes on the heels of Disney's latest live-action success, Maleficent, which hit theaters May 28. The film, starring Angelina Jolie, topped the box office its opening weekend, earning north of $170 million worldwide...

...The animated Beauty and the Beast film opened in theaters in 1991, and went on to earn $425 million worldwide.

Condon, whose name had been circling the Beauty and the Beast project for several months, directed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, and most recently helmed The Fifth Estate.

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  1. LOL. A live action Beauty and the Beast. Is that really necessary?

    Posted by: Ted | Jun 5, 2014 9:17:58 AM

  2. I am not even going to argue the merits of a live action Beauty and the Beast...but this guy directed two Twilight movies, two truly awful movies. Bad CGI, bad acting, just terrible. Why would anyone trust this guy with a Disney movie?

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 5, 2014 9:31:16 AM

  3. Disney furthered its reputation with animated versions of fairy tales that were de-Grimmed & de-sexualized but defined the standard for animation for decades (Snow White is still a hand-painted wonder to watch). It's no surprise the studio is retooling their own vault of $tories. Some will work and some I'll see.

    In the case of Condon, my reply is: Cocteau. La Belle et Le Bete is sixty-five years old and still a beauty to behold.

    Posted by: theonlyhankinla | Jun 5, 2014 10:10:57 AM

  4. I'm assuming they'll get some super-hunk to play the part of the "beast" so that he's actually not all that beastly. At most, it will be "Beauty and the Mild but Super-Handsome Prick".

    Posted by: anon | Jun 5, 2014 10:35:45 AM

  5. So I assume this will continue the absurd topsy-turvy trend where Belle will be a domineering C-word and the Beast will be an unrepentant man-eating monster. Gaston, of course, will be a kind, generous, humble man.

    After this production, "URSULA" starring Kathleen Turner as the world's sweetest, most misunderstood squid. No make-up needed. And she's already got the voice.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 5, 2014 1:03:27 PM

  6. Yes, Cocteau, can't beat his chef-d'œuvre.

    Maybe they can cast Angelina Joli in both lead roles.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jun 5, 2014 2:10:14 PM

  7. Wait a minute, Condon was the director of that blahfest "Dreamgirls". Oh the pain…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jun 5, 2014 3:14:48 PM

  8. I'm guessing gay men over thirty-five aren't in the target demo for this one. Or anyone who's ever heard of Cocteau.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 5, 2014 6:37:51 PM

  9. Cocteau's film is a masterpiece of fantasy film making- it's beautiful handcrafted effects are still better than most of today's over done CGI-.

    Posted by: jarago | Jun 5, 2014 9:33:06 PM

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