Disney Sets Bill Condon to Helm Live Action Beauty and the Beast

June 4, 2014 11:32 PM

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Disney Sets Bill Condon to Helm Live Action Beauty and the Beast

On the heels of Maleficent's strong performance at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has, according to a story at Variety, set The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 & 2 helmer Bill Condon to direct a live-action version of their 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast.

A traditional fairytale, the earliest published version of the story was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and appeared in France in the 18th century. Guillermo del Toro has also been planning a live-action feature film version at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson attached to star.

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