Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was a huge success for Disney, so much so we are returning to that world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Luke Evans and Josh Gad are set to reprise their roles of Gaston and Lefou in a prequel series centered on the iconic villain and his sidekick, which will be exclusive for Disney+.
The untitled limited series will be a six-episode musical event, with composer Alan Menken in talks to return as well. The trade also reports that the project, which is currently in the very early development stage, will take place well before the events of the film and also expand the Beauty and the Beast universe. No other stars from the film like Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are currently attached, though it is expected they could appear as well as other characters including Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts.
Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are set to serve as showrunners and producers on the project alongside Gad. ABC Signature Studios is the studio on the series, which is currently working on the Mighty Duck series. Conversations about the untitled Beauty and the Beast prequel began shortly after the trio decided to depart Muppets series they were developing, Muppets Live Another Day.
Released in 2017, the billion-dollar hit remake, starred Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and was directed by Bill Condon, who is working on the Christmas Carol prequel film for Disney, Marley.
This becomes Disney’s second live-action spinoff series in development for Disney+, with the studio also working on the Aladdin spinoff centered on Prince Anders.