By Jessica LiskoOctober 19, 2018 – 02:09:03 Disney has given the thumbs up to a novel about a little girl who’s born with a magical wand that makes her able to control the animals in her world.
The Beauty and the Beasts books are currently on sale in bookstores across the country, but Disney has reportedly given its blessing to the children’s book adaptation of the beloved fairy tale series, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
The novel, which was penned by the popular children’s author Michelle Mancuso, centers on Belle, who has been raised by a man named Gaston.
Belle has grown up in a family of magical beasts, which are not exactly the most nurturing of creatures.
“There’s a lot of stuff about the animal kingdom and all the creatures that Belle and Gaston and the others have known in her childhood, and then Belle is the first one to meet the creature that will change the entire world,” Mancoso told The Hollywood Post.
“It’s like an epic fantasy with monsters.”
According to the book’s synopsis, Belle and her friends have to battle evil creatures and make it out alive in order to save the world.
Belle also finds herself dealing with a family that’s more interested in destroying her than saving her.
“It’s going to be magical, it’s going, it will be beautiful,” Disney executive editor and former Disney CEO Bob Iger told the publication.
“We’ve got some very special people working on this book.”
The Beauty And The Beasts books were originally set for release in 2019, but they’ve now been delayed to 2019.
However, the upcoming movie will feature a new character who will play a major role in the story.
“I’ve always had a very clear vision for the Beauty and The Beast series,” Disney co-founder and CEO Bob Asmus told The New York Times.
“The books have been around for so long and I think the audience is ready for something new and exciting.”