Entertainment Weekly published an interview with Luke Evans in conjunction with the premiere of “Pinocchio” to Disney+, during which EW asked Evans about the status of the delayed “Beauty and the Beast” prequel series.
“It’s been put on hold. We just wanna make sure that it is absolutely the best it can be, and if that means we just have to wait a little longer to finesse certain pieces of it, then that’s what we’re going to do because this is a very important legacy,” Evans said. “We want to honor these characters with the best story we can possibly deliver. It’s just on hold. It is gonna happen. We’re very excited about it. At some point in the near future, it will happen.”
Evans likewise discussed how the show’s conception arose out of his real-life friendship with Gad, which he also brought up in a 2020 interview with Variety that touched on the prequel project. “It’s going to be a joy to work with Josh again,” he said at the time. “Me and Josh have chemistry.”
From the sound of it, then, it’s important to Evans that the “Beauty and the Beast” prequel is a quality product. While it may take more time to produce than initially anticipated, fans can rest assured that, for the time being at least, it’s still actively in the works.