Which Twilight Director Is Helming Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast?
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“You’re impossibly fast. And strong. Your skin is pale white, and ice cold. Your eyes change color… and sometimes you speak like—like you’re from a different country. You never eat or drink anything; you shine like sunlight. I know what you are.” “Say it… out loud. Say it.” “Candlestick.”
Director Bill Condon has been tapped to direct Disney’s previously-announced live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, titled just “The Beast.” As the director of both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Condon isn’t responsible for the infamous “say it” exchange between Bella and Edward, but he is responsible for the infamous Michael Sheen laugh, which puts him on my good side. I haven’t seen any of the Twilight movies, but I’ve heard Breaking Dawn is when they stopped even pretending to take themselves seriously and embraced their inner balls-to-the-wall ridiculousness, and as such are actually not that bad to watch… compared to the others, at least. I don’t know.
I do know that I currently have no interest in watching The Beast short of Condon casting, like, Lucy Liu as the Beast or something. Calm it down with your live-action remakes, Disney. In addition to The Beast, Disney has live-action versions of Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as the TV show Esmeralda), The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians (as Cruella) and The Little Mermaid in the works, plus Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass, their Disney Channel TV movie about the children of Disney characters, Once Upon a Time, and this summer’s Maleficent, and that’s just off the top of my head. I guess at a certain point you just have to accept that there’s this whole genre of movies that’s going to keep happening whether you want it or not.
There’s no info yet on the plot for The Beast, but based on the title and the success of Maleficent, I’d say it’s a fair bet they’re telling the story from the Beasts’s perspective. Good. Maybe we’ll finally get some closure on whether the Enchantress really cursed him (and all his innocent household staff!) when he was a teenager.
I’ll just be over here, waiting for Guillermo del Toro‘s Beauty and the Beast to probably never happen.
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