We'll happily wade our way through all the fairy tale adaptations in the world if it means that Brotherhood of the Wolf
team, director Christophe Gans
and Black Swan
star Vincent Cassel
, would reunite for a movie. Luckily, our wish has come true in the form of a Beauty and the Beast
remake set to co-star Inglourious Basterds
and Midnight in Paris
actress Léa Seydoux
Gans hasn't made a movie since 2006's Silent Hill
— a visually compelling take on the horror-centric videogame. It wasn't a perfect translation of the story, but Gans certainly delivered a feast for the eyes. His previous film, Brotherhood of the Wolf
, was a decadent twist of werewolf mythology and starred Cassel as a smarmy hunter. Gans' translation of Beauty and the Beast
promises to be darkly stunning, but so far we know very little about the project. The Playlist
reports, however, that the director has big plans:
"With this picture, I want to unleash my imagination. Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce images of an unparalleled quality. Every single one of my movies has presented me with a challenge but this one is, by far, the most exciting and rewarding."
We're hooked already. It will be interesting to see if Gans sets his sights on the 18th century written fairy tale, or one of the many film versions — particularly the gorgeous La Belle et la Bête by Jean Cocteau. Gans' style complements the dreamlike, haunting visuals Cocteau used, so we imagine it's a favorite version of his. There's certainly the possibility of a modern retelling, but the lushness of a bygone era may be too much to resist for the French director. Are you looking forward to this one as much as we are?