Emma Watson in New Beauty and the Beast

Tale as Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast's History

Tale as Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast's History

Our favorite bookish peasant turned princess will soon be gracing the big screen not once, but twice. It was just announced that in addition to Guillermo del Toro's darker take on Beauty and the Beast (still in development) Disney will be releasing a live-action, likely 3D Beast-centric movie. Harry Potter star Emma Watson is attached to Guillermo's film as the leading lady, and she was even rumored to star in a Cinderella reboot (which she has since dropped out of).

With all the Snow White mania last year and a Sleeping Beauty film on the way, fairy tales are clearly having a moment, but especially Beauty and the Beast. There's even a new CW TV show inspired by the '80s series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. It's a magical blast from the past for us, who grew up watching the animated Disney version and dancing along to "Be Our Guest." Beauty and the Beast has come a long way from its 18th-century French origins to today. Let's look at the evolution of the fairy tale in pop culture, from classic books to the latest film and TV interpretations!

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