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?”
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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.