Christophe Gans Directing a French Version of Beauty and the Beast

Christophe GansIt’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from French director Christophe Gans. But considering that it usually takes the director 5-6 years between each movie, I guess the fact that he’s been quiet since 2006’s “Silent Hill” is not surprising. Though he has been attached to a couple of films since “Silent Hill” that, as of this writing, have failed to materialize. One was “Onimusha”, a live-action take on the game that was supposed to star Takashi Kaneshiro, and the other was an adaptation of the “Fantomas” books that is still gestating somewhere in development hell.

But if you’ve been waiting for a new Gans movie, mark your calenders for 2012, kids, because Gans has been attached to yet another project, and this one looks like it might actually happen. Gans will develop (and direct) another retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast” story.

There are no details on what Gans’ version of the story will look like or how it will defer from the traditional Hollywood version (the most recent iteration was a teen version starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer called “Beastly”), but it will star Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”, but more importantly, husband of Monica Bellucci, one of the stars of Gans’ 2001 period actioner “Brotherhood of the Wolf”) and Léa Seydoux (recently seen in Brad Bird’s “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, and before that, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”).

France’s Eskwad and Pathé will pay for the film and sell it internationally.

Léa Seydoux

Via : Deadline