Silent Hill and Brotherhood Of The Wolf helmer Christoph Gans returned to the big screen in 2014 with a new adaptation of Beauty And The Beast which premiered during the Berlin Film Festival that year. Shout! Factory has now acquired all U.S. rights to the fantasy adventure with plans afoot for a strategic cross-platform release that includes a theatrical play. Pathé International is handling the film that stars Vincent Cassel and Spectre‘s Léa Seydoux.
Produced by Eskwad and Pathé, the film sold nearly 2M tickets in France and made about $28M overseas in 2014, enjoying solid runs in Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia, China and Brazil among others.
Set in 1810, it sees André Dussollier as a financially-ruined merchant who exiles himself to the countryside with his six children. One day, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. Belle (Seydoux), the merchant’s youngest daughter, decides to sacrifice herself and take her father’s place. But at the Beast’s castle, it’s not death that awaits her. Instead, she finds a strange life in which fantastical moments mingle with gaiety and melancholy — and, eventually, true love.