From a fairly lengthy article--and one of the better written ones I've read--about the upcoming Beastly movie, due to be released March 4th, based on Alex Flinn's novel of the same name. The article is Beastly: An Exclusive Set Visit by Edward Douglas via ComingSoon.net:
Producers Susan Cartsonis and Roz Weisberg picked up the rights to the book the day it was released in 2007 right as the Writers Strike was commencing and it was the first film to be optioned by CBS Films with their Senior VP of Production Maria Faillace suggesting Daniel Barnz to write it. Barnz had previously directed an indie fantasy/fairy tale called Phoebe in Wonderland, starring Elle Fanning and Patricia Clarkson, that found a lot of fans when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.Click through to read the full article. The movie was originally slated to be released last year but was held until this March when it will precede the release of Red Riding Hood.
"[Daniel] saw in it what was immediately apparent to me, which is 'Beauty and the Beast' set in a high school is a perfect venue for it," Cartsonis told us when we sat own with the producers early in our visit, "because there's never a time in a person's life that they feel more conscious of their looks than in high school, and the hierarchy of a school is so much based on that, too. It's such a rich time of life to tell the story, and for me, that transcended even whether it was a 'tween movie or a teen movie or an adult movie. It didn't really matter. It was just such a perfect marriage of subject and story."