Disney set to remake 'Beauty and the Beast' into a live-action film

The Disney original animated 'Beauty and the Beast'.
The Disney original animated 'Beauty and the Beast'. Photo: Disney

There’s no rest for Disney, after the success of Maleficent at the box office, the studio is back to work with their next live-action film, Beauty and the Beast.

According to Variety, the remake of the classic tale is going to be directed by Bill Condon - best known for his adaption of the musical Dreamgirls and for his Chicago screenplay. More recently he directed the two Twilight films, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 and Breaking Dawn: Part 2.

As for the beauty, Twilight fans will be pleased to learn that Kristen Stewart is rumoured to be playing Belle.

Kristen Stewart has reportedly signed on to play Belle in the Disney remake.
Kristen Stewart has reportedly signed on to play Belle in the Disney remake. Photo: Getty Images

Beauty and the Beast is not the only fairy tale remake Disney have in the works, with Cinderella due for release in March 2015, starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham-Carter and Richard Madden.

Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong are also reportedly both in negotiations to sign on for The Jungle Book remake, being directed by Jon Favreau.

But Disney aren't the only ones cashing in on the fairy tale market this coming year, with reports that Warner Bros. are making their own version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson.

Rumour has it that Emma Watson is set to play Belle in the Warner Bros. adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Rumour has it that Emma Watson is set to play Belle in the Warner Bros. adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Photo: cinemasoldier.com

That is, if Warner Bros. can find a replacement for Guillermo Del Toro, with Deadline reporting the director dropped the project due to other commitments. This set-back has put the project in doubt but the studio are said to be searching for a replacement, which means we may see Watson and Stewart battle it out on the big screen yet. 

Lastly, Universal are working on a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, to be directed by indie darling Sofia Coppola from Marie Antoinette fame.

While two new writers have taken over the script, Abi Morgan, who wrote a previous draft, claims the remake will be more reminiscent of the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale than the Disney version.

"It's so beautiful and exquisite and painful, so we absolutely have to have the original ending."

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