February 14th, 2012
04:35 PM ET

'Beauty and the Beast' through the years

Disney's 1991 version of "Beauty and the Beast" was re-released in January, but that's far from the only iteration this year.

The story, after all, is a tale nearly as old as time, and both the CW and ABC are planning to put it on the small screen this year with pilots based on the familiar plot.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro is planning to bring the story to the big screen once more in a new adaptation called "Beast" (not to be confused with Christophe Gans' adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast,"  which has "Inglourious Basterds" and "Midnight in Paris" actress Lea Seydoux attached to star).

Variety reports that the script for "Beast," which at the moment has "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson in final talks, will be written by "Bridget Jones's Diary" screenwriter Andrew Davies.

So just how many ways can this story be told? Click through the gallery above to find out.

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  1. diet

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    April 8, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. nokti

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    April 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Edward

    Cocteau's version is still the standard. Beautiful and sublime. Disney's, as sweet as it is, doesn't come close.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lisabella

    You left out the version with George C Scott as the Beast and Trish Van Devere as Beauty. I saw it on TV as a kid, probably in the 70s. He was suitably scary and very well done.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leucadia Bob

    Announcement of unreleased Amy Winehouse song

    February 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phantom Phan

    The article missed a creative take on the "Beauty and the Beast" story: Shrek.

    February 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Woops

    Going by the initial thumbnail picture, I thought Emma was dating this man.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fire girl

    Someone commented earlier, wanting to know the origin of the story. It is a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, like Cinderella and Rapunzel.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • charlie prqw

      Marie Le Prince De Beaumont. I
      The original is free from Amazon.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Icepick

    Nothing beats the original Jean Cocteau movie. All the remakes are just rip-offs (though I'll give Disney a small amount of credit for turning a very adult story into a kids' movie).

    February 15, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. MrCuriousG

    Coming from this interesting beauty and the beast article, you should check out this hart-warming story about J. Bieber: brightsidenews.us/2012/02/15/story-3-preview/

    February 15, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. therealist


    i thought you were gonna tell me that she was dating this guy.

    now i can step down off the ledge...

    February 15, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. overlycreative

    What does Whitney have to do with Beauty and the Beast? LOL

    February 15, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marco

    Happy Valentine's Day! Spread the love


    February 15, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sokman

    Wow, really? I had to try to read that 3 times to realize you are an illiterate idiot. Huked on foniks bro

    February 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brooklyn finess

    Listen everyone stop judging and let all have respeat.look if it was drugs some people over come there demons some dont.only god knows what happen.hey we all have a number and time when ower number is called its a done deal. right know she is asleep until ressurection. so let keep the negative comments to owerselves and have respect for her family. rip in peace whintey only you and god knows whag happen

    February 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. darkhorse

    I'd rather see Emma than Kristen Stewart or whatever her name is from the "Twilight" travesty... er... trilogy.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Emelia

    Vampires and werewolves have had their time. Beauty and the Beast is a classic. Say, where did the original story come from again? I've forgotten... Meh, off to google.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Forrest

    Yes, Beauty and the Beast made for a handful of very good cinema. That being said, i'm sorely disappointed in Hollywoods continuing trend of remaking movies for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th times. Time for some originality already.

    February 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. anastasia beaverhousen

    OF COURSE Disney's rendition is the most known. Walt Disney is just freaking awesomely ridculously amazing lol

    February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Allie

    As a huge beauty and the beast fan (all versions) i'd hope not too....

    February 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Booo

    I liked the Linda Hamilton show, too. Will beauty and the beast be the new vampires and werewolves? Hope not.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Daniel

    meant Linda Hammilton. the terminator lady.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Daniel

    My fav was reruns of the tv series with Linda Hannilton and Ron Perlman. I think it was originally shown during the 1980s. It was extra cool because the beast and lots of his cool troll like buddies lived underneath the city in mega cool caves and caverns.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • overlycreative

      I loooved that show. I was pretty young, but I've been fascinated with theater makeup and stage design ever since, and I attribute it to that show.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |


      February 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allyria

      Ron Pearlman is just the best. Storyline took a dive and darn Linda for leaving the show & ruining it. But I love B&B as a kid. Can't wait to see what Emma could do with the part. Hope the story is good!!

      February 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |

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