Few doubted the success that Beauty and the Beast would be. If you’d betted against the film performing well across the board, you certainly had the chips stacked against you. This was a movie that was based on the Best Picture-nominated animated feature from the ‘90s. If that wasn’t enough, it had the beloved Emma Watson playing the role of Belle — which is one she seemed perfectly suited for given her strong feminist stance..
However, Beauty and the Beast has gone on to crack $1.1 billion at the box office, and given its trajectory, it seems in place to potentially hit number 11 of the highest grossing movies of all time. Given the film’s amazing performance, as well as the ecstatic response from many fans, there has inevitably been talk of a sequel. Granted, none of these talks are founded in any real talks from Disney, but with the amount of enthusiasm surrounding it all, you never know.
But would Emma Watson even be up for the role? After all, she is an actress that usually doesn’t take one a million projects at once, and seems to take careful consideration of her roles before signing on. Would someone like her want to come back for a second one?
Speaking with Access Hollywood, Emma Watson was asked if she would be up for another movie.
“I would love to do a sequel,” she told them.
But what would this movie entail? Watson went on to give her vision of what happened after the credits rolled in that first movie.
“I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village.”
Of course, that’s not so much a premise for a film as it is an actor giving her character extra information for her own knowledge. Given that the end of the film sees the Beast turned human, it certainly seems to take out any real potential for a sequel, unless you wanted to go in a really weird direction. What’s more, the emotional arcs of Bell and the Beast seem to be completely done. I see very little room for them to grow in meaningful ways. Plus, once they go beyond that first film, they’re venturing into pure fabricated territory, which always has the danger to be a miss.
All in all, it seems like a bad idea, but so long as great talent hops on board, I wouldn’t write anything off just yet.
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SOURCE: Access Hollywood