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Condon 'for Beauty And The Beast'

Twilight director Bill Condon is in talks to direct a live-action version of Beauty And The Beast.

Disney is planning its next fairy-tale adaptation in the wake of Maleficent's success, and t he filmmaker, who directed the two-part Twilight - Breaking Dawn movies and Dreamgirls, could take the reins on the upcoming film, reported Variety.

Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script, and Mandeville Films will produce.

Disney's animated version of Beauty And The Beast, featuring the voices of Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury and Robby Benson, was a huge hit when it was released in 1991. It received a best picture Oscar nomination, grossed more than 375 million US dollars (£223.5 million) worldwide and spawned a Broadway play.

This latest project follows in the footsteps of contemporary updates of Alice In Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, and Sam Raimi's Wizard Of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The Jungle Book, which Jon Favreau is directing, and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella reboot, starring Lily James and Richard Madden are also in the works.

Bill, who also directed The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, will next work on the big-screen adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, starring Sir Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes.

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