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Gaston Prequel to Kick Off ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Cinematic Universe

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It seemed inevitable that Disney would look to expand the Beauty and the Beast brand after the enormous success of the remake, which has grossed over $800,000 million dollars in just two weeks, and now we have confirmation from Walt Disney Company CEO himself, Bob Iger. In an email sent to shareholders this morning, Iger confirmed that a prequel based on Gaston, played in the movie by Luke Evans, is in development. Plus, he hints at more movies set in the same universe. Take a look at an excerpt from the email below:

“Millions of fans worldwide have been rushing to see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in theaters for two weeks now and they’re clearly happy with the product we released. That is why I’m happy to announce that a new movie, a prequel actually, revolving around the character Gaston is in development now. Luke Evans, who plays the character with gusto in the movie Bill [Condon] directed, will return.

It’s an idea we floated during the filming of the movie. That’s why there are so many mentions of ‘the war’. That’s what we’re going to see. And if it does well, who knows? There are several animated sequels to the original movie we’re looking at and there could be more news soon.”

What We Know (And Don’t Know)

We know Luke Evans will return to play the lead and it’s probably safe to assume Josh Gad will come back to play LeFou. And we know the movie will feature “the war” mentioned in this year’s movie. We don’t know of a writer or director and there’s no mention of Emma Watson or anyone else being in the new movie. Taking into account the Enchantress’s spell erases everyone’s memory of the Beast’s castle, some of the adventure could feature returning characters and not interfere with the main movie’s timeline. We also have no word on if it will be a musical or not! That’s important.

So, there you go. Iger is hinting at what essentially amounts to a Beauty and the Beast Cinematic Universe’ in the style of what Marvel and Star Wars have successfully done also under the stewardship of the CEO. This joins Disney’s crowded schedule of 29 live-action movies based on, or spun-off, its animated classics.

So, are you excited for the Gaston prequel? What other characters do you think deserve spin-offs? Would you like to see the animated sequels made into live-action sequels? Will Disney ever make an original movie ever again?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Pablo Ruiz

Pablo Ruiz is a Colombian filmmaker. Movies like Toy Story, The Lion King and Aladdin made him fall in love with the art form and now he hopes to dedicate his life to telling stories, hopefully for Pixar (if they go back to doing original films). Some of his ambitions are making a movie as emotionally impacting as Toy Story 3, meeting JK Rowling, and petting a million dogs. Follow him on Twitter (@PabloRV7).
  • Manuel Orozco

    This must be an April Fools Joke. If it’s not, totally unsurprising news

  • Katie

    Ah, the annual Rotoscopers April Fool’s joke. I was wondering what the article would be this year.

  • Although I am looking forward to see this movie, I’m much more excited for Disney’s live-action Anastasia.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That was a joke last year. Besides are you Anastasia is in previews on Broadway

  • Fadi Antwan

    Thank God oh thank God I almost believed the title for a second.
    I hate this stupid day. 🙁

  • Literally fell for the title and remembered what today is….
    But man this site really knows how to throw us for a loop!! lol!

  • I can confirm this news. Bob Iger told me personally!

    • Manuel Orozco

      On second thought, I’m still not surprised.

  • Ryan Prieto

    You know some pranks can be hilarious… others can be made into genuinely good ideas. I could see Gaston doing great feats, to gain his acclaim, and sizable biceps. All the while Lafou pines over him, while trying to navigate their turbulent friendship to worlds of untold success… excuse me, I have a screenplay to write.

  • Trev

    What’s funny is that I could actually imagine that happening based on how Hollywood has been operating in the last couple of years, lol.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Crazy but some of us including me are making the best of it.

  • Jessica Julie Burak

    Was so so so excited until I remembered what day it was ??

  • Alistair Carlyle

    Gaston was the best character in the original but Luke Evans is not remotely imposing and was a terrible choice. Definition of beta male. Given how currently misguided Disney is, I’m surprised this is even a joke.

  • Dean

    I’m all for more Gaston, but not this Gaston.