Although The Fifth Estate flopped when it was released earlier this year, Bill Condon helmed two of the best reviewed films in the Twilight franchise (Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2), perhaps explaining why the studio have turned to him to bring Beauty and the Beast to the big screen.
Plot details are currently unknown (Maleficent for example focused on the iconic villain from Sleeping Beauty), but Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script with Mandeville Films producing. Spiliotopoulos has penned many direct-to-video Disney animated features, along with Brett Ratner’s Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the planned sequel to Wanted, based on the Mark Millar comic book.
The 1991 animated feature version of Beauty and the Beast earned over 5 million worldwide, and even received a “Best Picture” Oscar nomination.
A sequel to Alice in Wonderland is currently in the works, while Iron Man director Jon Favreau is currently developing a live-action version of The Jungle Book with the studio.