Back in the 80s when Alan Moore was in his heyday of creation, he wrote a little (actually massive) screenplay called Fashion Beast. The idea was to modernize the classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast” in a dystopic, and slightly horrific, society (this reeks of Moore). The film script never saw the light of day. The screenplay has now been adapted to comic form, by Moore himself, for a ten-issue series to be published by Avatar Press beginning in September. This may be the book fans have been waiting for to bridge Moore’s visionary storytelling from the 80s with his more experimental work of the past decade. There are a bunch of alternate covers that you can check out below with some more details. READ MORE
Another odd project I don’t know if we should be reporting on is the super vague adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which Variety reports will now be directed by Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro has yet to venture out of the “dark side” (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade 2, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone), which makes me believe this will also be a chilling take on the classic story.
Warner Bros. has tapped Bridget Jones’s Diary scribe Andrew Davies to write Beauty and the Beast, which also has Harry Potter star Emma Watson in final negotiations to topline the period pic. I can only assume she’ll be playing the beast?
It should also be noted that Del Toro is working on Pacific Rim, and attached his name to more than a handful of projects. Don’t be surprised if this curse is never lifted. Del Toro will write a treatment that Davies will then work off of. READ MORE
Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood Of The Wolf) is to make a new version of Beauty And The Beast, Screen Daily reports from Berlin.
The film will star the great Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Out Day Will Come, Sheitan) and Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds), and will be produced by Richard Grandpierre.
Details of plot and what approach the new film will take are skimpy but Gans said: “Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe.”
Principal photography will start on October 8. Eskwad is partnering with Pathe on the project READ MORE
Genre veteran Guillermo del Toro has been using a fairy tale approach to his films – both aesthetically and story-wise – for years, so the latest project he’s attached himself to isn’t really a shock; he’s already made Alice in Wonderland via Pan’s Labyrinth, recreated Peter Pan vicariously through Juan Antonio Bayona in The Orphanage and is producing Gris Grimley’s stop-motion Pinocchio. According to producer Denise Di Novi, it looks like the man-with-a-bazillion-projects is now developing an adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, with Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson set to star, reports Comingsoon. Maybe he can get Ron Perlman to play The Beast one more time?
Beastly, a modern-day take on the tale, hit theatres earlier this year and managed to make back its production budget but wasn’t exactly an explosive hit. Still, with a powerhouse like del Toro behind it who has an affinity for this sort of material, it’s almost guaranteed to be a neat project. That is, if he ever gets around to it.