As we reported earlier, The CW is rebooting the adored, classic Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton urban fantasy series Beauty and the Beast. Which isn't the worst idea in the world, really. But if this is the plan ...
A site called Moviehole has what it's claiming to be Beauty and the Beast's plot particulars—verified by an actor who's auditioned for the new pilot. And they seem to differ wildly from the 1987 original:
Catherine and Vincent first meet when she's younger. When Catherine's mother was killed in a car-jacking (or whatever it was—Catherine's never been convinced it was a simple car-jacking) Vincent was the one who snatched the young girl and saved her from the same fate. As the newspapers tell us, Catherine claimed "the beast" saved her but nobody has laid eyes on him since.
Years later, they'll meet again under different circumstances. Catherine is now a feisty, slightly troubled (She can't keep a relationship; struggles with her mother's passing) New York City cop who comes across Vincent, the beast, at an old abandoned chemical warehouse.
She's there to speak to a man named TJ, whose car was spotted at a crime scene nights before—a young woman was poisoned. Dead. T.J isn't there, but instead, she speaks to his "roomie" ... who remains shrouded in shadows for the most part.
Catherine is alarmed to discover her "Beast"—the one that saved her as a youngster—is the one behind the shadow. She is taken back by Vincent—once he emerges from the shadows—but despite his features, trusts him when he declares he and his friend did not hurt the girl, but only tried to help her (just as he had done numerous other times; Vincent's become sort-of like a local "Batman" to the people). At his request, Catherine promises not to let anyone know his whereabouts, let alone that he's alive.
Vincent worked as a doctor at the New York University hospital—and was working on September 11, 2001 when the towers came down. Long story short, a wounded Vincent ends up in a medical clinic where he's injected with a DNA-changing drug. The drug turns him into an unstoppable soldier type that is used in Afghanistan. Think "Captain America" or a "Universal Soldier." Unfortunately, the strength and stamina comes with a price...it also changes Vincent's look—in particular, hair sprouts hair everywhere. When he returned from Afghanistan, looking like he is, he hid himself away—with the help of T.J.
Vincent now lives with friend TJ and ... a Wii and an endless supply of beer.
Yeah, it was a foregone conclusion that in any NYC-based reconception of Beauty and the Beast would be colored by 9/11, but I wouldn't have guessed that the tragedy would be used as a catalyst to turn Vincent into a super-beast.
This new version is being written by Jennifer Levin (Felicity) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) and co-executive produced by Ron Koslow, creator of the '80s series—if Koslow's good with it, we should probably give him the benefit of the doubt.
(via Nerd Bastards)