On the heels of a successful opening for "Maleficent," Disney is moving full steam ahead to bring another fairy tale to the big screen with a live-action adaptation. Variety reports that "Beauty and the Beast" will have Bill Condon as its director, with Evan Spiliotopoulos writing the screenplay and Mandeville Films producing.
The announcement comes after Disney's “Maleficent,” based on "Sleeping Beauty," took in more than $170 million in worldwide box office in its opening weekend, the report notes.
"The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of 'Beauty and the Beast' grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination," Variety reports.
The story adds: "Disney has been on a roll lately thanks to successful updates of literary classics like 'Alice and Wonderland' and 'The Wizard of Oz' and reinventions of its own stories into big box office hits. The Mouse House is also developing a live-action version of 'The Jungle Book,' which has Jon Favreau directing, and its 'Cinderella,' helmed by Kenneth Branagh, is set to bow next March."
Condon wrote and directed the musical feature “Dreamgirls,” and wrote the script for “Chicago.”
"He also delivered two of the best reviewed films in the 'Twilight' series and most recently adapted the script to Fox’s 'The Greatest Showman on Earth,'" the Variety report notes.