Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Exclusive: Three New Batman V Superman Pics
Empire offers a fresh look at Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor
Empire Debuts New Deadpool Images
Wade Wilson prepares to break your firewall too
Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel's Doctor Strange
She's considering a lead role
Richard Linklater Considering The Rosie Project
He may direct Jennifer Lawrence in the book adaptation
Bret McKenzie Writing Bob: The Musical's Songs
Tom Cruise still circling the lead and Michael Chabon may script it
Morgan Freeman Heads Down To A Sunless Sea
He's signed up for some more action
Lori Evans Taylor Given Bed Rest
Horror spec script snapped up by MGM
The Vicious Brothers Directing Horror Pic Temple
From a script by The Guest's Simon Barrett
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 June 2015
New Spectre Teaser Trailer Ups The Action
Bond! White! Oberhauser! Aston!
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Spectre
23 October 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Child 44 (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Trance (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Sister (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Monk (2012)
Empire Star Rating
A Dangerous Method (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

First Image From Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast
Plus a statement from the director

29 May 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Playlist

submit to reddit

First announced a year or so ago, Christophe Gans' adaptation of the classic fairytale Beauty And The Beast is now in post-production. The film stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, and as the 2013 Cannes film festival winds down, the first still has emerged from the movie market, courtesy of Pathe International. Seydoux is Beauty and Cassel is the beast, just in case there was any confusion.

Gans previously directed the live-action manga adaptation Crying Freeman, the mind-bending genre crossover Brotherhood Of The Wolf (a pre-French-revolutionary monster kung-fu horror mystery with Native Americans and Monica Bellucci), and the surreal Silent Hill movie that got an awful sequel last year from Michael J. Bassett. An amazing visual stylist, he's promising great things for Beauty And The Beast, as outlined in the statement that accompanies the image:

"Beauty And The Beast is the adaptation of a story by Madame de Villeneuve. Published anonymously in 1740 as La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins, it paints a portrait of Belle, a joyful and touching young girl who falls in love with the Beast, a cursed creature in search of love and redemption. In 1760, a condensed children’s version was published. It was from this version that Jean Cocteau and then Walt Disney drew their famous adaptations. Overshadowed, the original version by Madame de Villeneuve has never been adapted for the screen... until now!

"Beauty And The Beast is the story of a family going through a crisis, having lost all of its possessions when the father was ruined. The encounter - at first terrifying, but then voluptuous - with this mythical Beast provides our characters with an opportunity to get back on their feet. I like to think that this film is a metaphor for the situation that is currently afflicting the world. That is one of the advantages of fairy tales, to present an ensemble of values that endure through the ages.

"Beauty And The Beast speaks, among other things, of the power of dreams and love over materialism and corruption - a theme more topical now than ever. It was time to pay tribute to Madame de Villeneuve’s story: an amazingly contemporary tale, in which the poem of love is also a message of hope."

     - Christophe Gans

Cassel needs no introduction, and worked with Gans before on Brotherhood Of The Wolf. He was also to star in Gans' ambitious new Fantomas, but that project sadly fell through. The steadily rising Seydoux meanwhile, stars in the Palme d'Or-winning Blue Is The Warmest Colour, and you may also recognise her from Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. She has a role of unspecified size in Wes Anderson's forthcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Can Gans come up with what he's promising? Will Cassel's Beast stand tall alongside Jean Marais, Robby Benson, Ron Perlman and Meatloaf? We should find out sometime next year; the release date, in France at least, is February 12.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Joel McHale Learns To Beware The Night
He joins Eric Bana in supernatural thriller
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Wow, that image genuinely looks like it was pulled straight out of a film from the 1960's. More

Posted by xzynomorpher at 08:39 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

Sven Hansen-Løve Talks Eden
The house DJ on France’s answer to 24 Hour Party People

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

David O. Russell Talks Through First Joy Trailer
The writer/director breaks down the Jennifer Lawrence Oscar hopeful

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)