'Beauty and the Beast' adaptations

Updated 12:58 PM ET, Thu March 5, 2015
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British actress Emma Watson will be playing Belle in the forthcoming live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," opposite Dan Stevens. But the venerable story has had plenty of versions already. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
This 1946 French adaptation, starring Josette Day and Jean Marais, was directed by Jean Cocteau. The movie mostly stuck with the original tale, but Cocteau added a subplot involving Belle's suitor. In 1999, Roger Ebert added "La Belle et la Bête" to his "Greatest Movies" list for the Chicago Sun-Times. youtube/discina
"Cannon Movie Tales: Beauty and the Beast" was released in 1987. The film stars John Savage and Rebecca DeMornay. youtube/ the cannon group
CBS's TV series "Beauty and the Beast" gave the fairy tale a modern makeover in 1987. The drama series explores the relationship between an assistant district attorney (Linda Hamilton) and noble lion-man Vincent (Ron Perlman) in a world where an underground society of outcasts is in conflict with New York. youtube/ cbs
The 1991 animated feature by Walt Disney is one of the most famous and commercially successful adaptations. "Beauty and the Beast" received six Oscar nominations, winning Academy Awards for best original score and best original song. walt disney pictures
"Beastly," starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, is based on the novel of the same name. In this 2011 take, Pettyfer plays a wealthy and arrogant high school student in New York who is disfigured by a witch (Mary-Kate Olsen). cbs films