Disney To Explore ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prequel & Spinoff Ideas

Walt Disney Head of Production Sean Bailey reveals that the studio will explore 'Beauty and the Beast' prequel and spinoff ideas instead of a direct sequel.


Disney’s live-action adaption of the Beauty and the Beast earned a more than impressive $174.8 million at the box office during it’s opening weekend and with financial success often comes the possibility of follow-up films to cash in on a potential franchise. In an interview with Deadline, Walt Disney Head of Production Sean Bailey discussed how the studio may pursue a follow-up film to Beauty and the Beast.

Bailey revealed that the studio has no plans produce an immediate sequel to Beauty and the Beast, but will instead explore other options for the brand.

“There are currently no plans for a sequel and the studio — perhaps with Alice Through The Looking Glass as a reminder — won’t try to force one. It will explore possible spinoff and prequel scenarios.”

Bailey also revealed that the live-action remake was originally going to omit the musical numbers.

“We worked on this for five or six years, and for 18 months to two years, Beauty was a serious dramatic project, and the scripts were written to reflect that. It wasn’t a musical at that time. But we just couldn’t get it to click and it was Alan Horn who championed the idea of owning the Disney of it all. We realized there was a competitive advantage in the songs. What is wrong with making adults feel like kids again?”

What Beauty and the Beast prequel stories would you like the see on the big screen? Which characters do you feel would be worthy of their own spinoff film? Share your thoughts below!

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.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17, 2017.

Source: Deadline

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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