It’s no secret that the live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast (which hits theaters this Friday!!) is going to be a gorgeous and breathtaking experience, and we love finding out how it was all created. Obviously, some serious Disney magic went into making the film, but also, tons of research, hard work, and the vision of production designer Sarah Greenwood made it possible. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Greenwood and director Bill Condon talked about the huge sets that were built for Beauty and the Beast, and the research that went behind it, which included the 1991 animated classic, historical accuracy, and a little bit of imagination. Take a look at the beautiful concept art that came out of that research:
From the beautiful snowcapped castle to the flicker of lights in the windows and the setting sun, this concept art could not be more perfect!
The chandeliers in this concept art were inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. There are 10 separate 14 x 7 foot chandeliers! And as we all love Easter eggs in Disney films, Entertainment Weekly also reported that Greenwood added a “W.D.” monogram to the floor in the finished ballroom to honor Walt Disney. We love that!
Maurice and Belle’s Home
Greenwood’s biggest challenge was making Maurice’s music boxes, which represented many countries of the world, and the outside world that Belle longs to see. This is such beautiful and heartbreaking detail!
Beast’s Castle From Above
Greenwood stated in the Entertainment Weekly article that Beast’s castle was modeled after the baroque style of France’s Chåteau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the architecture of the Chåteau de Chambord. Sign us up for a tour of those beautiful real-life places!
Greenwood and team built a village outside of Shepperton Studios in London to create the provincial town that we know and love!
According to Entertainment Weekly, Greenwood took inspiration from a library in Portugal for this amazing location. We can’t wait to see the library come to life on March 17!
Which concept image from the live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!