Beauty and the Beast gets the live treatment at ABC to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the nomination for the history of the beloved cartoon classic.
The Disney-backed broadcast network is making a two-hour live-action/animated special featuring a new cast that will air on the broadcast network on December 15. Jon M. Chu (In the Heights† Bad) is on board to executive produce the project, which will be directed by Hamish Hamilton. The latter is best known for directing awards shows, including the Emmys and Grammys, as well as the Super Bowl halftime show, ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live and a few sing-along songs from Disney’s quarantine era. The special will be available to stream on Disney+ from December 16.
†Beauty and the Beast is a timeless tale and we are fortunate to partner with creative minds Jon M. Chu and veteran director Hamish Hamilton to put a modern spin on this beloved classic for an unforgettable night of Disney magic.” Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals. and ABC entertainment. “Stacked with unforgettable performances, this will be a special unmissable event for fans of the original and for the new generation introduced to this beloved story.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of 1991 Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It would win Oscars for its score and original song.
The BATB special features never-before-seen musical performances, new sets and costumes inspired by the classic story. Each performance, ABC says, will pay tribute to the original animated favorite while contributing to the iconic story. Songs from the original cartoon classic will be performed in front of a live audience at Disney Studios.
The new special follows news earlier this year that Disney+ was postponing the planned delay Beauty and the Beast prequel series starring Josh Gad and Luke Evans reprising their roles from the 2017 live-action feature. The project, sources say, is not expected to go ahead despite rumors to the contrary. Disney had already invested about $50 million in the production, which came from There was once veterans Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and would feature new music by EGOT winner Alan Menken. Sources note that Disney pointed to the series from Kitsis and Horowitz – two of Disney’s main showrunners – as an example of the content it wanted to create for its streaming service.
†Beauty and the Beast was always a game-changing cinematic experience for me,” said Chu, who is also based at Disney with a blanket deal. “When the animated film came out, I watched it multiple times in its first weekend. It showed me the limits. of what animated artists and storytellers could achieve, so being able to executive produce a tribute to all the creatives who created this masterpiece through our Electric Somewhere company is a dream I never even thought possible. and talent to reinterpret the classical music tracks (with a few surprises), I can’t wait for the audience, personally and at home, to experience what we have in store for them. It’s a true celebration of creativity.”
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration is exec produced by Chu, Hamilton’s Done and Dusted Productions, Walt Disney Television Alternative, Caitlin Foito, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan.
Chu is currently in pre-production on Universal’s feature adaptation of Bad and developing Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the places you go with JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot. This last project marks his first animated film.