– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this year, Disney released the live-action remake of the beloved animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. On the whole, it was a solid remake, and even if it felt perhaps a tad too familiar, it still managed to hit all the right notes.

While the film delved a bit deeper into the mythology behind the Beast’s curse, and clarified some potential plot holes in the original flick, it pretty much told the same exact story, with the overall outcome different very little.

It turns out that was almost not the case. At a recent Q&A for TheWrap’s Award Screening Series in Los Angeles, co-writer Evan Spiliotopoulos said that Gaston had originally survived the film, and was seen as a potential opening for a sequel.

“The idea was not that he died in the end, but the enchantress would come and he would be cursed as the new beast.”

This indeed sounds a bit too much like the Disney we’d all love to hate — one that is all too eager to plant the seeds for another unnecessary sequel. Though to be honest, I did find Luke Evans’ take on the baddie a bit more likable than his animated counterpart, and until he had his super evil turn near the end, I figured there was room for redemption.

From the sound of it, that was likely not at all by accident, at least to begin with…but would it have made a good movie? What do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.