‘Beast’ Master: Gary Fleder To Produce One ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Pilot, Direct The Other

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 8:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In the annals of pilot history, this will probably go down as one of the greatest oddities ever: director-producer Gary Fleder, executive producer of ABC’s Beauty And The Beast pilot, has come on board to direct the other Beauty And The Beast pilot at the CW. This adds an additional layer to the already strange coincidence of having two Beauty And The Beast projects with the same title picked up to pilot by 2 networks in the same season. Despite the identical title and origin — they can both be traced back to the classic fairytale and use loosely its mythology and archetypes — the two Beauty And The Beast projects are very different. The ABC/ABC Studios one, written by Jonathan E. Steinberg, is described as a fantasy realm adventure and a period reimagining of the fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world. The CW/CBS TV Studios version, written by Jennifer Levin & Sherri Cooper, is loosely based on the 1980s CBS series starring Linda Hamilton and is a modern-day romantic love story with a crime procedural element. Read More »

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ABC Orders ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Pilot

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 5:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Following the success  of freshman Once Upon a Time, Disney-owned ABC is staying in a fairytale mode with a pilot order to Beauty and the Beast. Written by Jericho co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, the drama project is described as is … Read More »

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The CW Gives Pilot Orders To ‘Arrow’, ‘The Carrie Diaries’ & ‘Beauty And The Beast’

By | Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST
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Green Arrow Drama Nears Pilot Order At CW

The CW went heavily after pre-sold titles in its pilot choices today, greenlighting Arrow, based on the DC Comics book Green Arrow; an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s novel The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Sex And The City; and a reboot of the 1980s series Beauty And The Beast. The three join the first pilot ordered by the CW this season, mystery drama Cult.

Arrow is described as a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow. The project, from Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros TV, was written by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13) and Marc Guggenheim based on a story by Greg Berlanti and Guggenheim. The three are credited as writers/executive producers on the pilot. David Nutter is expected to direct. Justin Hartley, who played the character on the CW’s Smallville for several seasons, is not attached to the new project. Arrow marks the second pilot order for Berlanti and Guggenheim this season along with the Fox legal drama Guilty, written by Guggenheim and executive produced by him and Berlanti. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beauty And The Beast 3D’

Last week saw the unveiling of the trailer for James Cameron’s Titanic 3D which opens April 6. On Monday Disney released the new trailer for Beauty and the Beast 3D, the first of a handful of Disney/Pixar classics to be retrofitted for 3D. Alas, the trailer here is only 2D, and … Read More »

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Disney Ramping Up 3D Toon Re-Releases

By | Tuesday October 4, 2011 @ 12:01pm PDT

Disney has seen the 3D light following the success of its re-release of The Lion King in the extra dimension, announcing today limited theatrical releases for four more of its animated films: Beauty and the Beast (January 13, 2012), Pixar’s … Read More »

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CW To Reboot 1980s ‘Beauty And The Beast’

By | Thursday September 15, 2011 @ 5:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A second Beauty and the Beast project is entering the fray this development season, this time based on the cult 1980s series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman, our sister site TVLine reports. CBS has the rights to the original … Read More »

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ABC Buys Updated ‘Beauty And The Beast’

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 4:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After ordering Once Upon a Time to series for this fall, Disney-owned ABC is staying in a fairytale mode by putting Beauty and the Beast in development for next season. Written by Jericho co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, the drama project … Read More »

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3D Blu-ray Disc Sales To Soar: 5.7 Million?

There’s still not a lot of 3D programming on cable or broadcast to satisfy those first buyers of 3D televisions. But IHS Screen Digest says today that the technology is about to find a real foothold among fans of Blu-ray discs. … Read More »

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Studio Lambert Partners With Indie UK Producer

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