We already knew that Disney+ was making great use of the many hundreds of characters and properties at the company's disposal with reboots like The Mighty Ducks, and series like The Mandalorian and the upcoming Marvel shows such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision. And, those behind the streamer don't plan to stop any time soon, as we're now hearing that a new series based on the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast is coming...But, it's going to feature Gaston and LeFou.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new, limited series will be a prequel that serves as an origin story for Gaston and his bumbling sidekick LeFou. As with those Marvel series featuring characters from the MCU, the show will feature Luke Evans and Josh Gad reprising their roles from Beauty and the Beast. Even better? The six episodes will be "a musical event," with composer Alan Menken currently in talks to return to the fold, as well. Sounds like this untitled prequel just got real!
While the new show (which I really hope they call GasFou) is still in the very early stage of development, it's being said to take place well before what fans saw in Beauty and the Beast, while also expanding the world seen in that film. I really want this to mean that, as the villainous Gaston and LeFou adventure around during the dawn of their working relationship, that they come across other people who've been cursed to live as inanimate objects or strange animals, but something tells me I'm going to end up being way off about that.
We do know, however, that no other stars from the film, like Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, are set to appear right now. Reports are saying, though, that it's not out of the question that we could see some guest spots once the series is actually up and running.
GasFou (remember, not the real title) is coming to us from Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, as well as Josh Gad and Luke Evans. All four will executive produce the upcoming series, while Gad, Horowitz and Kitsis will all serve as showrunners and write the show. Horowitz and Kitsis dealt with lots of well-known Disney characters from popular movies on OUAT, including a brief run exploring Belle and the Beast during that show's seven seasons on the air.
Apparently, GasFou (I swear, I love this fake title more every time I type it) came about because of the time that Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz spent recently working with Josh Gad on the, now scrapped, comedy series, Muppets Live Another Day, which had been in the works at Disney+ for months. The three created the planned eight episode series, but began talking about a Beauty and the Beast prequel once they all decided to abandon the Muppets project.
We don't know just yet when GasFou (Honestly, can someone just make this the official title? Or, at least make a show about a kung fu assassin who gets her power from farts and use this title? Just putting it out there...), I mean, the untitled Beauty and the Beast prequel will be ready for all of our eager eyes on Disney+, but you can stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest. In the meantime, be sure to check out what's on the small screen right now with our 2020 midseason guide!