Beauty and the Beast (2017) A live action/CGI-animated romantic musical directed by Bill Condon and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and the 1991 Disney animated musical film. The film stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Principal photography on May 18, 2015. Filming ended on August 21, 2015. The film is to be released on March 17, 2017, in 3D.