The CW’s up and coming Beauty and the Beast remake will be using the original 1987 TV series as a template upon which it will be loosely based. Jennifer Levin (Without A Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) are the screenwriters for this project, which is essentially a retelling of the story in today’s world.
According to Moviehole, the remake will be much flashier than the ’80s original. And chances are it will be nothing like the original series; it’ll be something new with some vestiges of the Beauty and the Beast storyline and the same character names from Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman‘s day. So what’s the point of calling it a remake? Oh… probably because all the cool kids are doing that these days.
Before we get into the deets about the proposed pilot, here’s a quick synopsis of the 1987 TV series:
Wealthy socialite Catherine Chandler works for her father’s firm as a corporate attorney in NYC. Leaving a party unescorted, she is mistaken for someone else. She is shoved into a van where her face is slashed as a warning to keep her mouth shut. Dumped in Central Park she is found by Vincent, a man-beast, who takes her to his home in the forgotten tunnels beneath the city streets. During her 10 days of recovery, Vincent discovers that he has developed an empathic bond with her. He returns her to the world above where Catherine immediately changes her life. She repairs the damage to her face, takes self-defense classes and quits her father’s firm to work as an investigator at the DA’s office. Eight months later she is looking into her own assault. Nearing the end of the investigation, she is again threatened and attacked. Vincent, feeling her fear through the bond, arrives just in time to save her. They realize that they are now a part of each other but each must return to their own worlds. (Source: ClassicAlliance.Net)
Hit the jump for more details on the CW’s remake.
Here are the highlights of Moviehole’s overview of the proposed remake:
Catherine and Vincent first meet when she’s younger. When Catherine’s mother was killed in a car-jacking Vincent was the one who snatched the young girl and saved her from the same fate. As the newspapers tell us, Catherine claimed ‘the beast’ saved her but nobody has laid eyes on him since. Years later, they’ll meet again under different circumstances. Catherine is now a feisty, slightly troubled (She can’t keep a relationship; struggles with her mother’s passing) New York City cop who comes across Vincent, the beast, at an old abandoned chemical warehouse.
She’s there to speak to a man named TJ, whose car was spotted at a crime scene nights before — a young woman was poisoned. Dead. T.J isn’t there, but instead, she speaks to his ‘roomie’… who remains shrouded in shadows for the most part. Catherine is alarmed to discover her ‘Beast’ – the one that saved her as a youngster -is the one behind the shadow. She is taken back by Vincent – once he emerges from the shadows – but despite his features, trusts him when he declares he and his friend did not hurt the girl, but only tried to help her (just as he had done numerous other times; Vincent’s become sort-of like a local ‘Batman’ to the people). At his request, Catherine promises not to let anyone know his whereabouts, let alone that he’s alive.
Vincent worked as a doctor at the New York University hospital – and was working On September 11, 2001 when the towers came down. Long story short, a wounded Vincent ends up in a medical clinic where he’s injected with a DNA-changing drug. The drug turns him into an unstoppable soldier type that is used in Afghanistan. Think ‘Captain America’ or a ‘Universal Soldier’. Unfortunately, the strength and stamina comes with a price…it also changes Vincent’s look — in particular, hair sprouts hair everywhere. Vincent now lives with friend TJ and …a Wii and an endless supply of beer.
Okay… really? Is this for fuckin’ real?
Source: Daily Blam