It’s a Fairy-Tale Battle as ABC, CW Order Beauty and the Beast Pilots

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It’s a Fairy-Tale Battle as ABC, CW Order <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> Pilots

Just as Universal Pictures and Relativity Media raced to get their contrasting takes on the Snow White fairy tale — Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, respectively — into production, two television networks are going head to head with rival versions of Beauty and the Beast.

Barely a week after The CW ordered a pilot for a reboot of the 1980s drama Beauty and the Beast, Deadline reports ABC has given the go-ahead to a period-fantasy reimagining of the classic story from Human Target and Jericho writer-producer Jonathan E. Steinberg.

According to the website, the drama is set in a mythical world where a tough-and-beautiful princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast. The network is viewing the show as a potential Sunday-night companion to Once Upon a Time.