If you’re going to lift, lift from the best. The trailer for the new French film La Belle et la Bete (or Beauty and the Beast, for you non-Francophiles) is a live action fairy tale which looks to have taken a fair amount of its images from the 1991 Disney animated film, which was nominated for Best Picture if you’ll remember. Hey, “Belle” is French for “Beauty” after all. (The trailer is in French… you’re not going crazy.)
This new film, which will be released in France in February but has no U.S. date yet, is written and directed by Christophe Gans, who made the very impressive Brotherhood of the Wolf in 2001 and directed Silent Hill in 2006. It stars Lea Seydoux (of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Inglourious Basterds, and Blue is the Warmest Color fame) as La Belle and Vincent Cassel (of all sorts of very dark dramatic fare like Black Swan and Trance) as La Bete. As you can see from the trailer, the new take on the classic fable will be very colorful, sumptuous, and striking.
How much does this remind you of the Disney movie? Would you be interested in seeing it should it get an American release? Vincent was the name of the Beast Ron Perlman played on the ’80s TV show; aren’t you impressed I remembered that? Let us know in the comments below.