Bill Condon was an inspired choice by Disney for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
After all, there are few people I know who have a more exhaustive knowledge of musicals, both onscreen and on the stage, and he takes the form seriously. He isn’t afraid to call the sacred cows out when he disagrees, and he cares deeply about how these properties are adapted to the bigscreen. When he was working on Dreamgirls, he was incredibly happy, and there’s a joy to that filmmaking as well as a knowledge of the way musicals typically do or don’t work onscreen.
Disney’s committed to turning every animated film they’ve ever made into a live-action film, although I’m not sure how you define that term anymore. Is Alice Through The Looking Glass a live-action film? Is Pete’s Dragon a live-action film? Is Warcraft a live-action film? When major characters and/or environments are created entirely inside a computer, what do you call that?