Christophe Gans tackling a Beauty and the Beast adaptation with one of his Brotherhood of the Wolf stars!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm a big fan of Christophe Gans' work. Brotherhood of the Wolf is such a bizarre mixture of period drama, horror movie, creature feature and action film that I can't believe he held it together in one story and Silent Hill is visually the best video game adaptation ever done even if they play a little fast and loose with the plot.
But it's always good news when Gans is mounting another project and in this case he's mounting a Beast. Beauty and the Beast to be specific with Brotherhood of the Wolf's Vincent Cassel in the beast role and the cute assassin chick from M:I4, Lea Seydoux, as the beauty for Pathe and Eskwad.
According to The Playlist, Gans will be letting his imagination run wild with one, producing "images of unparalleled quality," said Gans.
I'm kind of under the impression that we don't need another retelling of this story, but that is far outweighed by me desire to see Gans really cut loose with his visual style inside a fairy tale world. This could be spectacular!
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Feb. 10, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST
up until the ending, it was a weird, late-night stream of images, but the ghost girl deciding that Radha Mitchell was her mother, and creating a completely illusory homecoming was great old-time Twilight Zone.
Feb. 10, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST
Feb. 10, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Jaster Mareel
But another Beauty & The Beast? Unless it's a seriously fucked up story like The Fly or something, I can't imagine having any interest in it.
Feb. 10, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
by Jaster Mareel
It needs to be rereleased because it's not that great of a transfer, although the PCM audio is spectacular. One thing that pissed me off was the excellent documentary from the 2-disc DVD isn't on there. Just a fucking gorgeous film. I just love everything about it. I am genuinely mystified why some didn't care for it. I will say however, that it gets a bit confusing towards the end when we get the backstory. When I saw it in the theater I didn't quite get it. Upon watching the film at home, all the information is there, it just goes by pretty quickly. Other than that possible shortcoming, the film is fucking brilliant. Yeah Sean Bean's character seemed tacked on because it was, but even that works to illustrate that they really are in another dimension and not just a possessed town.
Feb. 10, 2012, 11 a.m. CST
Feb. 10, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
but i was quite taken with it. Certainly in my eyes the best computer game adaption. I was really hoping that the headline was about Mark Dacascos rather than Vicent Cassel however.
Feb. 10, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST
Isn't Silent Hill 2 in production? Agreed, I thought Silent Hill was underrated, though it is flawed
Feb. 10, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST
Feb. 10, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST
Cool, Malcolm MacDowell is in Silent Hill 2, and it was shot with the 3d Red camera. Sean Bean is back too.
Feb. 10, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
and then Gans completely fucks it up by making an abomination of a script by combining the non-existent story of the first game with elements from the stories of the other games of the series,instead of simply using exclusively the superb story of the SH2 game. what a shame.
Feb. 10, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST
And it was supposed to star Cassel, as well, so why the hell did Vincent drop out of that project (far more exciting than another un-necessary version of B&B) only to RE-SIGN w/ Gans for another movie? Does not make sense, and is really fucking disapointing. Also -- nobody should get their hopes up about this actually getting made, either, as Gans has a horrible track record for starting, stalling, then abandoning, incredibly ambitious movie projects. Love this guy's affinity for genre material, but really, try and put out a movie more than once every 5-6 years, would ya?
Feb. 10, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST
...like the "Peter Jackson of France" big. But he just can't ever seem to get a project off the ground, probably because he can't focus on one. I've heard of him being attached to fucking dozens of movies since Silent Hill. I think he must make his living by getting severance packages from letting his movies collapse.
Feb. 10, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST
...and it shows! However, I quite like the fanedit.org cut of Silent Hill... far more compact. Still, I'm quite excited to see what Gans does with B&tB.
Feb. 10, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST
Not even worthy of an illegal download I always wondered what would happen if they gave that budget to someone with talent, like Japan's Miike
Feb. 11, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST
Fuck me, what a well-shot, well-crafted horror film. Radha Mitchell was terrific in it. Anyone remember when Gans was attached to that Onimusha adaptation? Damn I wish that had happened.
Feb. 11, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST
Prepare to see the beast doing capoeira. Cassel is awesome, especially in Crimson Rivers. I love that movie and have seen it many times, and still I get a splitting headache trying to figure out the effing plot. What is hysterical is that in the interviews on the dvd, Cassel himself admits he has no idea what the hell was going on in the film, but that he loved making it.
Feb. 12, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST
Gans isn't involved any longer, it's a new director Michael J. Bassett. But most of the prop, design, sets and costume crew are all involved. It's been shot in 3-D. Akira Yamaoka is composing a new score for it. Only thing is we don't know when the film will release. It's likely the producers will sit on it until the Fall trying to pick a non crowded release date. Gans was forced to include things in his film at the behest of the studio suits. Anyway I liked the film, own it on DVD, and am greatly anticipating the sequel which Bassett intends to bring more in line with the games. Gans couldn't just adapt SH2. Silent Hill needed an origin story. Anyway, Bassett is adapting SH3. He intends to bring the movie version more in line with the game versions. Presumably after that they'll try for SH2... though personally I think SH4 would make an awesome flick.
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