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A reinvention of the medieval French fairy tale as a horror romance for adults, in which Belle and the Beast are transformed by love in more complex ways than in the Cocteau or Disney versions. The Beast is a moody, noble savage with magical powers who loves all beauty but despises his own ugliness. Once a handsome heartbreaker, he's cursed with a beastly body, imprisoned in an enchanted castle until the day a woman swears her love to him. Belle is a loner with an idealized sense of romance outside the real world, until she becomes the prisoner/guest of the Beast. Her fear and pity of him turns to friendship and finally to love.

Written by: Anton Diether    

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Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: Michelle Williams
Tim Curry
a young Alexander Skarsgard
In the Vein Of: Beauty and the Beast

Posted: 10/14/2011
Updated: 05/10/2019
Author Bio:
ANTON DIETHER is the writer of the Hallmark TV miniseries Moby Dick, the highest-rated long-form show in basic cable history for 14 years, nominated for five Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards; ABC-TV miniseries Cleopatra; and Hallmark miniseries Stranded. Anton developed Beauty and the Beast for Fox, Land of Oz for Disney, Gold Fever for Phoenix Pictures, Operation Greylord for Showtime, Lost At Sea for TNT; currently Gang of Dreams TV miniseries for Little Studio Films, The Revolt for Revolt Prods, Taj Mahal for Threshold Ent.

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