knew that turning the 1991 animated musical classic “Beauty and the Beast
” into a live-action musical would be a huge risk.
In many ways, Condon’s a perfect match for “Beauty and the Beast
.” He’s one of the few directors who know how to deliver intimate, swoony romance, believable singing musical sequences, and digitally enhanced visceral action. He wrote Rob Marshall
’s Oscar-winning “Chicago,” wrote and directed “Gods and Monsters
” (starring Oscar-nominated Ian McKellen
) as well as the Oscar-winning musical “Dreamgirls
,” and shepherded the last two “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
” sequels to $1.52 billion worldwide.
Given the chance to make the biggest-budget movie of his career, he embraced what could be the most expensive Hollywood musical of all time. “Beauty and the Beast
” clearly has The Condon Touch: two men in love with the same feisty heroine, digital wolves, magical creatures, Ian McKellen
, swirling cameras, gorgeous production values, a rich orchestral score,