Another Disney movie is getting a live-action remake, and this time it is Beauty and the Beast. The decision came before the Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie, but the success of that movie has certainly pushed it into the limelight. Writers are already working on the script.
It is currently unclear just which storyline the live-action movie will tell. Maleficent was the story of the wicked witch in Sleeping Beauty, and shared her story of why she decided to put Princess Aurora into a deep slumber. The different view point and focus on the evil character has been considered one of the main reasons for its success. Unlike many other remakes and reboots, the story focused on different characters and told a slightly different storyline, so while people knew the outcome it was still a new story.
There are chances that Disney will opt to go the same route with Beauty and the Beast. There are a few options for the point of view, including the Beast’s view of Belle coming into his life and helping him see people in a different light. Another option would be through the eyes of Mrs. Potts, who was originally voiced by Angela Langsbury in the animated version. If a completely different story was needed, the writers could opt for Gaston’s version, and how he felt the need to save Belle from the hands of the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is not the only Disney movie getting a remake. Cinderella and The Jungle Book are also being turned into live-action movies. Cinderella is expected to be released next year, and will focus on the original main character. Kenneth Branagh is expected to direct it, with a hot cast list including Helena Boham Carter and Cate Blanchett. Hot off Game of Thrones, Richard Madden is playing the role of Prince Charming, and Lily James from Downton Abbey will play the title character.
John Favreau is expected to direct The Jungle Book, and it is also expected in 2015. It will be another movie with a hit cast list, including 12 Years’ a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o and The Other Boleyn Girl’s Scarlett Johansson.
Maleficent was not the first Disney movie to get a live-action remake, or to tell the story slightly differently. Kristen Stewart starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, with Thor’s Chris Hemsworth. Instead of Snow White being the damsel in distress, she got to be at the front of the battle as she fought to get her father’s kingdom back from Charlize Theron’s wicked stepmother.
Many will question whether the children’s movie giant is running out of ideas. If it is not remakes, the company is offering sequels to some of the favorites. However, there have been hit original ideas, such as Frozen, which has the top place as the most successful animation movie financially. It also seems like the company is focusing on an older audience with the darker remakes, and at least for now the writers have told the stories from a different side or added new storylines. All eyes will be on Disney’s remakes of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.
By Alexandria Ingham