Following this weekend's box office success of Disney's Maleficent, the studio is moving forward with a live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which has Bill Condon attached to direct.
Evan Spiliotopoulos (Ouija, Hercules) is writing the screenplay, although no specific story details were given at this time. The original Beauty and the Beast was one of the few animated movies to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, grossing over $375 million worldwide and spawning a hit Broadway play and other adaptations such as The CW series Beauty & the Beast and a French Beauty & the Beast adaptation starring Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux. The characters will also be featured in the upcoming Disney Channel TV movie Descendants.
Mandeville Films is producing this new version of Beauty and the Beast, although no production schedule was revealed. This project is just the latest in Disney's reinvention of several classic titles, including box office hits Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful, and upcoming projects such as The Jungle Book and Cinderella.