Belle and her hairy heartthrob are coming back for another spin on the dancefloor in a new, contemporary take on the classic fairytale, Beauty and The Beast. The moderately budgeted, live- action/animated version will be the first feature effort from Doc Hollywood Kidz Inc., a Nevada-incorporated subsidiary of DH1 Studios Inc.
Written by Pierce Milner, Beauty and the Beast is being produced by Doc Hollywood Kidz and European family entertainment production company Track 9-1/2 Ent. Doc Hollywood Kidz CEO Steven Saxton will exec produce. The pic will be shot on location in Europe on a projected $14 million budget, benefiting from European financial and tax incentives. Several European directors are in discussions to helm the project.
British motion capture and animation house Animazoo Ltd. will provide the digital elements. Doc Hollywood Kidz is hammering out a comprehensive agreement to use Animazoo’s Gypsy technology on future productions as well.
Milner’s script is based largely on Madam LePrince de Beaumont’s French tale, La Belle et la Bete, which was first published in 1756. However, film will frame the famous tale as a story told to young children by their governess, and promises to deliver a contemporary twist.
Established in July of 2004, Doc Hollywood Kidz (www.dh1.com) maintains office headquarters in West Hollywood, Calif., and has production facilities at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.