“Beauty and the Beast” remains a classic Disney movie beloved by fans everywhere, but news of a live action remake has taken a major turn this week. It was confirmed earlier this summer 2014 that director Bill Condon of “Twilight” was set to helm the exciting film project, and only noted earlier today that Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) would be making an entrance for the screenplay. TheMarySue.com has also revealed this Monday, September 29, 2014, that Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” fame may possibly be cast in the Disney Princess role of Belle.
Viewers should keep their enchanted servants from breaking out into song quite yet, however. Unfortunately at this point, there is no certainty that the talented Emma Watson will be hopping aboard the “Beauty and the Beast” remake. Yet hopeful fans have noted that the Hermione Granger actress has been linked with Chbosky before (having starred as a lead role in “Perks”), and to see her as Belle would be no doubt stunning. Here’s to the potential prospect of such a casting decision!
Realistically, Emma Watson may have her hands a bit full to tackle this major movie project. Before thinking about signing on for the live action adaptation of the 1991 film classic, the actress is first tied to the (aptly named) “Beauty.” However, a director is still needed for that particular project, so it’s possible that Emma may decide to take on a role of a certain young woman from a poor, provincial town instead.
As some fairy tale experts may already know, “Beauty and the Beast” is not an original Disney creation. ComingSoon.Net notes this week that the story is adapted from a traditional French fairy tale that was first recorded sometime in the late 1700s. (There’s a reason that many of the characters in Belle’s world speak intermittent French phrases, after all.) Although the original fairy tale may play a role in the upcoming live action remake, it is known that the new adaptation will be based off the Disney version and include both the main characters (including the boastful Gaston and unforgettable Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts) as well as the favorite songs. Who can forget “Tale as Old Time” and “Be Our Guest?”
It’s exciting to think about the prospects that Stephen Chbosky and Bill Condon (again, the director of “Twilight,” though fortunately there’s no vampires in this Disney movie) might bring to the silver screen with this project while working together. No doubt that re-creating a live action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” especially of Belle and the Beast, will take tact, care, and skill. Recreating these iconic characters and the scenes they inhabit from the animated stage to the contemporary screen could indeed be magical if done right.
Fellow fans, are you also thrilled after hearing about this latest Disney news? Do you see Emma Watson as your Belle, or some other possible actress playing the book-loving princess in the leading cast? And finally, do you agree that this film is an exciting project to consider, or should we just have left the classic movie in its animated glory? Here’s to that transformation scene of the Beast especially at the climax of the film keeping true to the magic, message, and story of true love that the original encapsulated so memorably.