Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time, and while Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic mostly stuck to the original, an older version of the script had a very different ending planned for Luke Evans’ Gaston.
Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the script for the 2017 Beauty and the Beast film, shared the surprising idea for the film’s ending at a Q&A session during TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series in Los Angeles:
“The idea was not that he died in the end, but the enchantress would come and he would be cursed as the new beast.”
This would have been a huge departure from the animated version, which famously ended with Gaston falling to his death after a climactic showdown with the Beast. The live-action Beauty and the Beast opted to go with the same ending for Gaston’s character, but keeping him alive as a newly-transformed beast certainly would have kept things wide open for a sequel. Maybe Disney is kicking themselves for not having that sequel tease, as the film grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and is still the highest-grossing film of the year.
Are you glad that Disney stuck with the original ending for Beauty and the Beast or would you have liked to have seen something so vastly different this time around? Let us know what you think in the comment section!
Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Here’s the official synopsis:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD.