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Bill Condon to Direct Disney's Live-Action Adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Project Gets Writer, Producers

Bill Condon to Direct Disney's Live-Action Adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Project Gets Writer, ProducersBWW reported back in April that a Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) was the prime candidate to direct Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of their classic tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Now, Variety confirms the news and reveals that Evan Spiliotopoulos will pen the script, with Mandeville Films producing.

Ever since ALICE IN WONDERLAND's success in 2010, Disney has slowly been adapting their classics into live-action films. MALEFICENT just hit theaters and will be followed by CINDERELLA, helmed by Kenneth Branagh, and Jon Favreau's THE JUNGLE BOOK in 2015.

Condon, whose next project is A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND, has most recently directed THE FIFTH ESTATE and the final two movies in THE TWILIGHT SAGA. He also directed GODS AND MONSTERS, which won him and Oscar, as well as KINSEY. Condon also has experience with the theatrical side of film; he is resposible for writing the script for the movie versions of CHICAGO and DREAMGIRLS, which he also directed.

Based on the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated feature film, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST premiered on Broadway in 1994, where it was nominated for nine prestigious Tony Awards and ran for 13 years. It still ranks as one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. Since its debut, the titles visibility and success has expanded globally with subsequent productions produced around the world.

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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