‘Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon to Write & Direct Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Remake Titled ‘Marley’
‘A Christmas Carol’ is one of the great classics of literature. It is a timeless tale, and will never stop being retold. The latest version of the Charles Dickens classic will take the form of a musical with Bill Condon.
Condon, who directed the live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie for the Mouse House, will helm this as well. Titled ‘Marley,’ it is set to be a different take on the tale, from Jacob Marley’s point of view. Condon has already written the script, he is just waiting for an official green light.
Stephen Schwartz composed the music for it. He is no stranger to Disney, having done the music for ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ He is perhaps best known for his work on the Broadway musical ‘Wicked.’
This isn’t Disney’s first time making this story, nor will it be the last. This isn’t even the only film version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in development right now. Apple is taking a more comedic approach with it, pairing Ryan Reynolds with Will Ferrell to the tell the story.
Everyone has their favorite version of the story, from the Patrick Stewart movie, to the Muppets version of it. There have been live action ones, classically animated ones, and CGI ones. A retelling from “a certain point of view” is a fresh take, and might just make this one stand out from the rest.
No word on who will star in it, but it seems that Jacob Marley will be the starring role this time around. Whoever they get will have to be quite talented to pull what is needed for that performance. They will have to be able to sing too.
A release date is unknown, but it will probably be the holiday season of 2020 or 2021.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter