Emma Watson isn’t the only Belle around. As anticipation builds for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, another cinematic version of the classic French fairytale will be arriving soon.
On Tuesday, Shout! Factory and Pathé International announced a distribution deal that will take Christophe Gans’ recent Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et La Bête) to the U.S. The film premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and achieved box-office success around the world. It stars Léa Seydoux (Spectre) as Belle and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the Beast.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with Shout! Factory for the first time and are confident they will do a sterling job with the film’s release in the U.S.,” said Muriel Sauzay, Executive Vice-President of International Sales at Pathé. “This modern take on a classic tale, shot with state-of-the-art technology and under the imaginative vision of Christophe Gans deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible.”
No exact release date has been set as of now, but Shout! plans “a strategic rollout” across theaters, entertainment platforms, and Blu-ray/DVD.