With the monumental success Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is seeing at the box office, a big question is whether the studio will order a sequel.
Disney’s head of production, Sean Bailey, told Deadline that the studio learned from a mistake it made with a sequel last year, and wasn’t looking to repeat it anytime soon.
“There are currently no plans for a sequel and the studio — perhaps with Alice Through The Looking Glass as a reminder — won’t try to force one. It will explore possible spinoff and prequel scenarios.”
Disney’s main studio isn’t the only one deciding to take it easy with sequels. Pixar’s president told Entertainment Weekly last year that the studio was going to cut down on producing sequels and would take a breather following Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. Instead, the studio wants to work with developing new talent and stories to get more original films onto the big screen.
Even though Disney isn’t developing a sequel to Beauty and the Beast, it’s not a surprising question. Since the film was released last week, it has made more than $410 million worldwide, and broke the record for biggest opening weekend for a PG-movie in March.
Beauty and the Beast is currently playing in theaters worldwide.