Pilot Scoop: ABC Picks Up Beauty and the Beast, Reimagining Classic Fairy Tale

On the heels of The CW ordering a pilot rebooting the late-1980s Beauty and the Beast romantic drama-slash-procedural, ABC has picked up its own Beauty and the Beast pilot, this one more rooted in fairy tale lore.

Penned and to be executive-produced by Jon Steinberg (Human Target, Jericho), ABC’s Beast promises “a fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale, set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.”

Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road) will also serve as EPs on the project, which is based out of ABC Studios.

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Once again, for maximum clarity: ABC’s Beauty and the Beast is deeply rooted in fairy tale lore. The CW’s pilot is a redo of the Linda Hamilton/Ron Perlman series. Because there will be a quiz later.