Among Disney’s slate of live-action remakes of their classic animated movies is Beauty and the Beast. Unlike Maleficent and Cinderella before it, the film will follow in the footsteps of its animated counterpart by being a musical. However, as with any adaptation, there are bound to be changes from the "original" story, and in this case, moviegoers should expect to hear some extra songs added to the lineup of music.
During his "Artist to Artist" production at Lincoln Center earlier this week, witnessed by Stitch Kingdom, Disney composer Alan Menken, who also scored the 1991 movie, revealed that he and his writing partner Tim Rice have created three new songs for the live-action movie.
One of the songs is called "Days in the Sun," and is described as a "lullaby" about all of the castle’s enchanted objects remembering what their lives were like as humans before they were transformed by the curse. Another one of the songs is "Forever More," which has Beast singing about finally knowing what love is. Menken created this song to replace "If I Can’t Love Her," one of the songs from the Broadway show after he realized that it wouldn’t fit within the film’s sequence of events. The composer said:
…the Beast’s moment in the film is a much later moment — it would not be ‘if I can’t love her,’ it’d be ‘I love her but — damn it — I’m letting her go’ — so that lyric wouldn’t really work with that music.
With two new songs announced, we’ll have to wait and see what this third song will be, but with Menken on the job (who has won several Oscars for his work), it will no doubt sound amazing. Although Menken stated that there won’t be any songs from the Broadway production included in the film, fans of the fairy tale can still look forward to most (if not all) of the songs from the animated movie being present. I’m especially interested to hear the new versions of "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast," the latter being the song that Belle and the Beast danced to, as seen below.
Directed by Bill Condon and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, Beauty and the Beast is a re-telling of the love story between the Beast, a human-prince-turned-monstrous-creature, and Belle, the intelligent young woman he imprisons in his castle. The film’s impressive cast consists of Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Stanley Tucci as the new character Cadenza.
Principal photography on Beauty and the Beast began last month at Shepperton Studios in London, and the film will be released in theaters on March 17, 2017.