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Next Disney Fairy Tale Blockbuster? How About ‘Trance’ Scribe Joe Ahearne Reimagining ‘Beauty And The Beast?’

EXCLUSIVE: Hot on the heels of another splashy revisionist fairy tale opening in Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney is in talks with UK-based writer Joe Ahearne to reinvent its Beauty And The Beast franchise. Ahearne most recently scripted Trance, the film that Danny Boyle directed and then completed between his production of the Opening Ceremonies of the last Summer Olympics in London. This will be live action, and most certainly 3D.

Disney is calling this film The Beast, and considering the subject matter of Trance – an art auctioneer is pummeled so badly by his criminal cohorts that a hypnotherapist is needed to coax out the memories of where he hid a priceless painting — indicates that this revisionist take on Beauty and the Beast could be a bit on the dark side.

The film will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman and Disney’s LouAnne Brickhouse will steer the project. Ahearne is repped by Resolution and United Agents in the UK. He’s managed by Thruline and Principal Entertainment.

I thought Hollywood’s infatuation with public domain fairy tales would have abated by now, because they are running out of good titles. I figured they’d be looking at limericks by now, with development titles like There Once Was A Man From Nantucket and There Once Was A Man From Ealing. But these fairy tales seem to be hotter than ever. Despite lukewarm reviews, Oz The Great And Powerful was an absolute triumph for producer Joe Roth — the closest thing Hollywood has to a Grimm Brother — and for Sean Bailey’s production team at Disney. I read what had to be the dumbest Wall Street Journal article in a long time, the one that hailed new Disney film chief Alan Horn for making his mark on that blockbuster by suggesting that the talking flying monkey speak earlier in the film. Horn’s great gift was being in the right place at the right time.

Knowing how much pressure that production chief Bailey and his exec team were under after the mammoth failure of John Carter that cost Rich Ross his job (I still think Ross’s Big Mistake was not making that Andrew Stanton-directed disaster a Pixar film since Stanton’s animated success and clout with John Lassiter gave him a blank check he wasn’t ready for as a live-action director), I’m giving a shout-out here to Bailey and his production team even though they will probably be diving under the couch cushions when they read this, but what the hell. Horn should certainly have his share of victories at Disney eventually. Despite this ill-advised WSJ piece by a reporter who should know better (Horn seems too classy to overtly seek credit for something he was hardly involved in), Horn doesn’t deserve the credit for Oz The Great And Powerful, a film whose 3D format has a chance to crack the billion-dollar worldwide gross mark, like Alice In Wonderland.

A noi se fanno una versione dark non dispiacerebbe...

Cmq chiamarlo The Beast è un suicidio commerciale... non è affatto riconoscibile!
L'idea mi attira parecchio. Il titolo è senz'altro più adulto e naturalmente spero anch'io in una versione molto dark ma visti i recenti sviluppi su Cenerentola non sono molto fiducioso.
è dal '91 che si parla di una versione live action...
OT:OK la notizia non c'entra nulla col film... o forse no? Almeno non ufficialmente...

Hanno scritto un libro, The Beast Within, una sorta di prequel della Bella e la Bestia che racconta come il principe sia stato maledetto (cosa tra l'altro mai spiegata nelle varie versione della fiaba e molto elegantemente accennata nel film Disney)...

"The Beast Within: The Take of Beauty's Prince" puts a "Wicked"-ly entertaining twist on Disney's "... tale as old as time."

PoorPoorFairFairAverageAverageGoodGoodExcellentExcellent Jim Hill 1 Jul 2014 10:29 PM 0
So what did you think of "Maleficent" ? This past weekend, that Robert Stromberg film blew through the $200-million-in-domestic-ticket-sales barrier. Which makes this Walt Disney Pictures a blockbuster by modern Hollywood standards. That -- coupled with the $383.7 million that "Maleficent" has earned overseas to date -- means that this reimagining of "Sleeping Beauty" will ultimately be a very profitable enterprise for the Mouse.

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Me personally, I enjoyed "Maleficent." But then again -- I have a fondness for "Wicked" -like stories like this. Which take a tale or a character that you thought you already knew and then put a new twist on it.

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Which is why -- when I heard that Serena Valentino had written a new book for Disney Press -- I immediately asked to be sent a review copy. For those of you who don't remember: Serena wrote "Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen" (Disney Press, August 2009). And that 256-page hardcover put a pretty sinister spin on the story of Snow White. Not to mention that the twist at the very end of this book suggested -- long before "Once Upon a Time" debuted on ABC -- that Snow & Prince Charming weren't actually going to have a very "Happily Ever After."

(L to R) Josh Dallas as Prince Charming & Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White on ABC's
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So when I heard that Valentino was going to going to bump out the borders of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast," reveal what really happened to the Prince prior to Belle's arrival at the castle ... Well, I just had to get my hands on this 224-page hardcover.

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And I'm glad to report that "The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince" (Disney Press, July 2014) does not disappoint. While Serena's take on this " ... tale as old as time" remains firmly rooted in the world of that Academy Award-winning animated feature from 1991, she does find some fun ways to put some new twists on this story.

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Like what? Well, could you ever imagine a world where the Beast & Gaston could have once been childhood chums? Or that the Prince might have had a prior romantic history with the beautiful enchantress who cursed him? Or that Ursula the Sea Witch from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" could make a cameo appearance in this story?

The enchanted objects from NETworks Presentations, LLC's touring production of
Disney's "Beauty & the Beast." Photo by Joan Marcus. All rights reserved

Valentino does all this and more. Better than that, none of "The Beast Within" is forced. The story that Serena has crafted here all seems like a natural, organic outgrowth of Linda Woolverton's original screenplay for the film. Valentino even manages to fold in elements of the Broadway version of "Beauty & the Beast" (i.e., that the curse moves slowly. That the Prince & his loyal servants aren't all magically transformed at once. That these changes all happened slowly over a number of years).

(L to R) Kristin Chenowith as Galinda & Idina Menzel as Elphaba in "Wicked."
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So you just can't wait for that live-action remake of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast" that the Company announced just last month (which -- just in case you're wondering -- will make use of songs from both the animated film as well as the Broadway musical), then you would be well advised to pick up a copy of "The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince." Which puts a "Wicked"-ly entertaining twist on Disney's " ... tale as old as time."
E invece questo film? Ovviamente non c'entra nulla col Beauty and the Beast che uscirà.
Lasciamo il topic così, ad memoriam?
Questo film è stato cancellato, ricordo bene che lo avessero messo da parte quando si è concretizzato il Live action del Classico.
Fa parte del progetto confluito nel live action della Bella e la Bestia. è una fase di transizione. Era stato progettato come film solo sulla Bestia sulla scia di Maleficent, poi prima di metterlo in produzione hanno visto l'enorme successo di Frozen al botteghino e hanno optato per la versione musical della Bella e la Bestia.
L'ha confermato il regista del prossimo live action. Lasceremmo il topic per ricordo se vi va.
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Lasceremmo il topic per ricordo se vi va.

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