Beauty and the Beast Special to Air on ABC for Anniversary

“Beauty and the Beast” is receiving a two-hour are living-action and animated specific for its 30th anniversary, which is established to air on ABC on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. The job, to be government manufactured by Jon M. Chu (“In the Heights,” “Crazy Wealthy Asians”) and directed by Hamish Hamilton, will function a new forged.

The unique will pay tribute to the 1991 original film and its legacy by “showcasing the lover-favorite motion picture, together with new unforgettable musical performances, taking viewers on a magical experience by means of the eyes of Belle.” The Disney fairy tale manufactured historical past as the to start with animated feature to garner an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Image in 1992, winning Oscars for Finest Primary Tune and Finest Unique Score.

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a timeless story and we’re so fortuitous to do the job with resourceful mastermind Jon M. Chu and veteran director Hamish Hamilton to carry a fashionable twist to this beloved classic for an unforgettable night time of Disney magic,” Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Amusement, reported in a statement. “Stacked with unforgettable performances, this will be a ought to-see distinctive function for admirers of the initial and for the new generation remaining launched to this cherished tale.”

Every functionality will fork out homage to the traditional tale, while also adding to the iconic tale with new sets, in no way-ahead of witnessed performances and original costuming. The musical exclusive will feature the movie’s original songs, to be performed in entrance of a dwell audience at Disney Studios.

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ was usually a match-changing cinematic practical experience for me,” Chu said in a assertion. “When the animated film arrived out, I viewed it several moments in the first weekend. It confirmed me the outer boundaries of what animated artists and storytellers could achieve, so the fact that I get to government generate a tribute to all the creatives that designed this masterpiece by way of our Electric powered Somewhere corporation is a desire I did not even think was probable. With world-course creatives and talent to reinterpret the classic musical figures (with a couple surprises), I can’t wait around for the audiences, in person and at home, to expertise what we have in shop for them. It’s a true celebration of creativity.”

Chu, who is now in an over-all deal with Disney Television Studios, is in pre-generation on Universal’s “Wicked” adaptation, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo. He is also developing Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Areas You are going to Go!” with Warner Bros. and J.J. Abrams’ Undesirable Robotic, his initial animated aspect. Hamilton is a five-time Emmy nominee and is best acknowledged for directing Tv specials and awards ceremonies, these as the Super Bowl Halftime reveals, Grammys, Emmys and Academy Awards.

In 2019, Hamilton directed ABC’s “The Small Mermaid Stay!” — a live broadcast of the animated movie that includes are living performances from solid members these types of as Auli’i Cravalho (who played Ariel) and Shaggy (who performed Sebastian). It was nominated for a few Emmy awards.

“Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” is generated by Finished+Dusted in association with Walt Disney Tv Substitute and Electric powered Somewhere. In addition to Chu and Hamilton, govt producers are Caitlin Foito, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan.

News of the exclusive was first described by The Hollywood Reporter.