The wait is over for fans who have been curious as to what the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie would look like.
When the first teaser trailer was released in the spring, it was viewed a record 91.8 million times in its first 24 hours — beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens (88 million views), Captain America: Civil War (61 million views) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (55 million views). The teaser trailer focused on the Beast’s castle and offered only a glimpse of Belle.
Just like Maleficent (2014), The Jungle Book (2016) and Pete’s Dragon (2016), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was recreated to appeal to modern audiences. “It wasn’t about changing anything,” producer David Hoberman insisted. “It was about adding dimension to it. We give [fans] everything that they expect and more — no more for more’s sake, more for story’s sake and character’s sake.”
Beauty and the Beast was the third highest-grossing film of 1991 (and the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars).
“I definitely had issues with the script at the beginning,” recalled Watson. “We tried to tweak things to make Belle more proactive and a bit more in charge of her own destiny. In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. We created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
Even Belle’s look is a bit different. “My Belle is very practical. In the [animated] movie she wears these little ballet shoes, and I knew that they had to go,” Watson told EW. “If you’re going to ride a horse and tend to your garden and fix machinery, then you need to be in proper boots.”
Legendary Disney composer Alan Menken, who has penned songs for Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, has written three new ballads for the live-action retelling. The new film will feature unused lyrics from the original 1991 version that were penned by the late Howard Ashman.
Beauty and the Beast is in theatres March 17, 2017.
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You can watch the official trailer for the live-adaptation of Beauty and the Beast above.