'80s TV series Beauty and the Beast may be rebooted on The CW

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May 21, 2015

Remember the 1987-1989 TV show Beauty and the Beast, starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, with 14 episodes written by George R.R. Martin? If you haven't seen the show, you might have a chance to watch a new version: The CW may be remaking it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the young-skewing network has ordered a script based on the 1980s CBS drama that starred Ron Perlman as Vincent (aka the Beast) and Linda Hamilton as Catherine (the Beauty).

...[Beauty and the Beast] is described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. Brothers and Sisters duo producer Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper are attached to pen the project and executive produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber.

Beauty and the Beast riffed on the fairy tale by setting it under the subways of New York City, with Catherine (Linda Hamilton) as an assistant district attorney and Vincent (Ron Perlman) as a beastly champion of the underworld; it also gave the two a psychic bond that allowed Vincent to sense when Catherine was in danger. And like the fairy tale, it was deeply romantic, and the show became known for its poetic dialogue.

It was also the first show to recognize how awesome Perlman looks under heavy makeup.

There's no word on casting for the parts of Vincent and Catherine, but they have some seriously big shoes to fill.

Or, in Perlman's case, big facial prosthetics.

(Via SFX)

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