Now that the live action Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful is the first blockbuster hit of 2013 the company is looking forward to other films to bring to the theatrical market. Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney‘s greatest and most beloved animated films … so it should come as no surprise that the company is reportedly interested in adapting the tale for a live action film. While this may sound like good news to some, I must also share the bad news that Disney has reportedly decided to stop making traditional 2D hand-drawn animated films :( That means that masterpiece films like Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast will likely never be made again … at least, not in the foreseeable future.
Hot on the heels of another splashy revisionist fairy tale opening in Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney is in talks with UK-based writer Joe Ahearne to reinvent its Beauty And The Beast franchise. Ahearne most recently scripted Trance, the film that Danny Boyle directed and then completed between his production of the Opening Ceremonies of the last Summer Olympics in London. This will be live action, and most certainly 3D. Disney is calling this film The Beast, and considering the subject matter of Trance – an art auctioneer is pummeled so badly by his criminal cohorts that a hypnotherapist is needed to coax out the memories of where he hid a priceless painting — indicates that this revisionist take on Beauty and the Beast could be a bit on the dark side. The film will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman and Disney’s LouAnne Brickhouse will steer the project. Ahearne is repped by Resolution and United Agents in the UK. He’s managed by Thruline and Principal Entertainment.
For me, this new is worrisome. You may recall that Disney decided to make a live-action film based on Alice in Wonderland (a film they previously produced in animated form) and we all remember how horribly that mess turned out. That said, I have high hopes that the upcoming live action Disney film Maleficent will turn out well. I dunno … I trust Disney but what’s so wrong with leaving Beauty and the Beast to rule the realm of animated film? Now that Disney is reportedly doing away with 2D animated films, maybe the focus should be on honoring the past rather than finding new ways to exploit it:
It pains me to hear this but, again, it doesn’t surprise me. That being said, if Disney is willing to leave 2D animation behind, other studios around the world will pick up the art and run with it. I love Disney/Pixar‘s animated films, I do, but they really don’t have the magic of the traditional 2D animated film. I guess it’s a matter of preference … hand-drawn over computer-generated … old vs. new. I guess I can’t see why we can’t have both but … the powers that be seem to know what they want to do. I’ve been a Disney fan for my entire life, I suspect I’ll remain a Disney fan for the rest of my life. It just saddens me to think that really masterpiece films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King etc. may never be drawn to live again :(