Following the success of freshman Once Upon a Time, Disney-owned ABC is staying in a fairytale mode with a pilot order to Beauty and the Beast. Written by Jericho co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, the drama project is described as is a period/fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast. It is eyed as a potential companion for Once Upon A Time in the Sunday 9 PM slot. Both Once Upon A Time and Beauty And The Beast feature characters from classic Disney movies, including Snow White, Prince Charming, Belle and the Beast. Steinberg is executive producing Beauty and the Beast with Mojo Films’ Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile for ABC Studios. ABC’s pilot is not to be confused with the CW’s recently greenlighted Beauty And The Beast pilot, which is a reboot of the 1980s series starring Linda Hamilton. WME-repped Steinberg most recently developed the Fox series Human Target based on the comic book.
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