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Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Feature

Bill Condon, best known for his hit feature adaptation of the musical ‘Dreamgirls,’ is set to direct a live-action version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Disney.

Bill Condon is set to direct a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast for Disney, according to a report by Variety.

Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script with Mandeville Films producing.

The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of Beauty and the Beast grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated features to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Disney is also developing a live-action version of The Jungle Book, with Jon Favreau directing, and its Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is set to debut next March.

Condon, best known for his hit feature adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, also wrote the script to the adaptation of musical “Chicago.” He also delivered two of the best reviewed films in the Twilight series and most recently adapted the script to Fox’s The Greatest Showman on Earth.

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.

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