About a month after Disney re-released Beauty and the Beast in 3D, and produced an abomination, Christophe Gans is giving it a whack. The director of the "Eh, It Was Alright" movie version of Silent Hill – as well as the "Dude, That Kicked Ass" action spectacle The Brotherhood of the Wolf – will direct a new live-action version of the classic fairy tale with French actors Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) taking over the title roles. So says Deadline.
This will mark the eleventy-billionth adaptation of Beauty and the Beast in Hollywood history, not counting the two – count 'em, two – TV series currently in production at rival networks. The last time we saw a live-action production was 2011's beastly production of Beastly, starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. The undisputed champion of live-action adaptations remains Jean Cocteau's 1946 version, a dreamlike film that introduced many elements of the fairy tale we now take for granted, like the competitor for the heroine's affections and the castle full of living furniture.
Production is expected to gear up in October for the film Gans claims will "surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before." Good plan, Christophe. You don't want to get our hopes up too much, right?
CraveOnline will be back with more Beauty and the Beast news after we find out if we're especially good at expectorating.