“Beauty” Originally Setup A Gaston-Led Sequel

As part of TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series in Los Angeles on Thursday, one of the writers of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” revealed that the film was originally going to include a window for a sequel focused on the redemption of villain Gaston (Luke Evans).

Evan Spiliotopoulos, speaking about the worldwide billion-dollar box office hit, says he, co-writer Stephen Chbosky and director Bill Condon originally left the door open for Gaston to come back:

“The idea was not that he died in the end, but the enchantress would come and he would be cursed as the new beast… [he would] run off into the world as the new beast, whether to be redeemed or come back as a villain.”

Spiliotopoulos says talks went very far, but the studio reversed course on the decision in the ‘eleventh hour’ to stick with the more traditional ending. Evans’ take on the character was frequently singled out as one of the film’s highlights.

Thanks for four Critic’s Choice Award nominations, “Beauty and the Beast” is also proving an awards player with two of its songs making the shortlist in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars.

Source: The Wrap