A German-French coproduction
Three years before Disney's newest remake, an elaborate European version of the tale was also released in cinemas. Vincent Cassel played the Beast, alongside Léa Seydoux as Belle. The film was shot at the Babelsberg Film Studios in Berlin. This remake directed by Christophe Gans didn't manage to convince critics, however, who deplored the film's lack of romantic poetry and its unnerving effects.